If Conor McGregor faces Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match later this year, the UFC lightweight champion would be a massive underdog the moment he stepped into the ring.
Not only has McGregor never competed in a professional boxing match but he would be standing across the ring from arguably one of the top fighters in the history of the sport as Mayweather touts a perfect 49-0 record with wins over several top names during his career.
Still, McGregor has sounded ultra confident that he could find a home for one of his knockout punches and put an end to Mayweather’s undefeated career resume.
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UFC commentator Joe Rogan knows it’s a long shot for McGregor to beat Mayweather in a boxing match, but he also says it’s not impossible that it could happen. While it would take several factors playing into McGregor’s favor for him to get the win, Rogan says there’s always a chance it could happen and that’s what makes the fight so intriguing.
“There’s something about that dude. He’s got something going on. He’s got a little something extra special but he would need the line-up,” Rogan said on his podcast about McGregor facing Mayweather.
“Mayweather would have to dismiss him as a threat. He’d have to not train hard enough. He’d have to not seriously consider the possibility that Conor connects on him and knocks him out. Then Conor would have to do some rough housing. He’d have to hold him in the clinch. He’d have to hold him and hit him. He’d have to try to get off as many shots and bully him around and wear him out. It’s a possibility.”
Rogan also points to the size advantage McGregor would enjoy over Mayweather, especially if the UFC champion is able to get the fight around his normal fighting weight at 155-pounds.
McGregor is an inch taller than Mayweather while also enjoying a two-inch reach advantage as well. Those statistics certainly paint McGregor as the bigger fighter, but Rogan says when he stands next to Mayweather he expects the difference to be even more dramatic.
“He’s a much bigger man,” Rogan said about McGregor. “If you compare the two of them frame wise — if they ever do do it and they’re standing right at each other, looking down at each other doing eye-to-eye, you’re going to go oh [expletive]. Cause you remember when Eddie Alvarez was going eye-to-eye with Conor, you realized how big Conor’s head is.
“He’s a big [expletive].”
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All the analysis aside, it’s still not a done deal that McGregor will get the fight with Mayweather later this year despite both fighters trying to make it happen.
The biggest obstacle remains a financial gap that separates McGregor and Mayweather from agreeing to face off with each side commanding a bigger piece of the pay-per-view pie, which would likely be one of the largest prizes in combat sports history.
If they can reach an agreement, Rogan says that McGregor versus Mayweather would absolutely be the biggest fight of all time as the top draw in boxing faces off with the most prolific superstar in mixed martial arts history.
Of course with that reward also comes a lot of risk and Rogan believes Mayweather has a lot on the line if he goes up against McGregor in a boxing match.
“It’s the biggest fight ever. Because it brings in two worlds. It brings in the UFC world and there’s one guy who is unquestionably the biggest star in the UFC. Unquestionably by a long shot and then you bring in a guy who has been one of the biggest money-makers in the history of boxing,” Rogan stated. “The only guy to go 49-0 other than Rocky Marciano. I mean he’s right there and would love to break Rocky Marciano’s record.
“When people want to break someone’s record and people want to do it so bad they take on a guy who’s never had a boxing match before and then that guy starches you. It’s not likely but if he did it.”
For now, negotiations between the two sides will continue and it remains to be seen if McGregor will get the fight with Mayweather before the close of 2017.