IN Part 1 of his big-fight preview, fight fan Daniel Cox mapped out why  Floyd Mayweather is the clear favourite to topple Conor McGregor but he can also see why some people can see the Irishman causing an upset. Here is his case for McGregor…

So where does that leave the legions of McGregor fans out there? Or betting fans who want a longer odds return at the end of a marathon Saturday night of boxing? Fear not, for there is a case to be made for the Notorious One, who has consistently backed up his trash talk in the Octagon with a seriously strong knock out record. 18 of his 21 victories have come inside the distance, 16 of those from punches – all within the 1st or 2nd round. A boxing novice he may be, but inexperienced with his fists he most certainly is not.

McGregor has to exploit slow starting Mayweather

The early rounds are the key to this fight for McGregor. If there is a chink in the Mayweather armour, it's that he can be said to be a slow starter and less accomplished against the southpaw. Many of his fights go the distance and of his 30 fights from 1999 onwards, only 2 have finished before the bell to end the 6th round.

It will be almost 2 years since Pretty Boy last stepped into the ring and the Notorious One has to exploit any ring rust his opponent may have before Mayweather gets into his groove.

How does McGregor get to the most evasive boxer of all time? There are two answers to that question. The first is McGregor is an MMA professional who is used to fighting in the clinch. He has shown an ability throughout his MMA career to neutralise his opponent up close whilst still being able to deploy his own knock out shots.

The use of 8oz gloves in this fight instead of the 10oz gloves Mayweather has used in many of his other fights at lower weights will also play to McGregor’s strength as Mayweather will feel his punches more. As the naturally bigger man, who will be the bigger on the night of the fight after he adds much of the recently reported 10lbs he needs to shed for Friday's 154lbs weigh in, McGregor will look to use his strength and size to rough Pretty Boy up.

This is McGregor’s natural fighting weight, 1lb shy of UFC Lightweight, where he is current champion. McGregor has shown natural speed at this weight and can get close to Mayweather to try and smother Money and utilise his inside fighting skills.

Robert Byrd is seen as a referee who allows the fighters to work on the inside, often keeping a respectful distance, using his voice to command the bout and make boxers break. McGregor is therefore likely to have some leeway to get to Mayweather on the inside, but must be wary of getting on the wrong side of the referee.

McGregor should keep his distance and avoid going the distance

The second answer, is that McGregor doesn't need to get near Mayweather. The Notorious One's most potent weapon is his pull-back left hand counter, widely regarded as one of MMAs most destructive power shots. It is delivered almost at full stretch as the Notorious One moves back to avoid a punch from his opponent. The power comes at the end of this punch – with a height and reach advantage over Mayweather, McGregor is therefore capable of landing a knock out blow from close up and at range.

It would do a disservice to the variety of the Notorious One's combat skills to say he simply has a puncher’s chance against Mayweather.

He won't outbox Pretty Boy, but he can certainly knock him out. If he is to provide the thousands of fight fans in Vegas and the millions watching worldwide with an upset for the ages, he'll most likely have to do it early.

The quality on show on the undercard should ensure this is a worthwhile night of boxing. Whether the main event ends up being anything more than a spectacle remains to be seen. Whoever you’re backing, lets hope it's the bookies who take the beating of the night.

Good luck fight fans!

Best Bets / Odds for McGregor Fans

  • Conor McGregor by KO / TKO / DQ – 4/1 with Boylesports
  • Conor McGregor in rounds 1-4 – 7/1 with Unibet
  • Conor McGregor in round 2 – 25/1 with Bet Stars
  • Conor McGregor by KO – 8/1 with Bet Victor
  1. kirantotti365 6 years ago

    there is no way he is going to win against money mayweather

    • williams1993 6 years ago

      Never say never my friend. In the fight business anything is possible; one slip up and it’s all over. I don’t think McGregor has a huge chance but i’m a huge fan of his and for the future of combat sports i hope McGregor wins. Not least because i really dislike Mayweather as a person.

      Whoever wins, it’s going to be one hell of a show and one for the history books.

  2. andrewfoster3 6 years ago

    How can u dislike mayweather and like gob shite mcgregor

    • williams1993 6 years ago

      Because McGregor is a ‘gob shite’ to sell fights; he’s an entertainer. Mayweather is a gob shite…because he’s a nob. His money has turned him into an absolute loser. Not to mention Mayweather beating his wife? Honestly i can’t see why anyone would like Mayweather. Yes he’s a great boxer, no doubt one of the best ever, but his attitude stinks.

  3. andrewfoster3 6 years ago

    U don’t know mayweather personally he is doing the exact same thing to sell tickets and hope for the sake of boxing he makes a fool of mcgregor and he should easily

    • williams1993 6 years ago

      Oh he aimed a gun at, and beat up his wife to sell tickets? Sorry i must have misunderstood.

      For the sake of boxing i would agree, Mayweather should win, and easily, if boxing is to not entirely embarrass itself. If Mayweather wins by any other means that a KO, then it’s ridiculous.

  4. andrewfoster3 6 years ago

    I think and hope mayweather will stop him in later rounds

  5. drogers 6 years ago

    Mayweather points win for the value 11/4.

    Mayweather will win …..period.

    1/4 but steep for an overall win.

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