McGregor seemingly willed his super fight matchup with Mayweather to happen by insulting him. Some of it was entertaining. Some would say Conor has no business being in the same ring as Floyd — and Floyd would be one of them: he’s already taken out five trademarks on “50-0.

Floyd sees this as a massive payday against an opponent with zero professional boxing experience to whom he can’t lose. And Vegas agreed. The line opened at Floyd -1100, and Conor +700.

To Floyd’s credit, he’s pretty ballsy to put his undefeated record on the line against an unknown fighter, but one who’s proved time and time again that he’s not to be underestimated. So, despite some assertions that this fight is a mismatch, here are a few reasons they might be wrong.

This Ain’t Conor’s First Rodeo

In the fastest-growing sport in the world, Conor’s three PPV totals from 2016 outgained some entire UFC years! Through his 10 UFC fights, he has been the main event six times, winning five. With his UFC record at 9-1, he Conor rarely under-delivered.

Result Event Fighters Str TD Sub Pass Method Awards
UFC Belt UFC 205 Alvarez
McGregor
9
32
0
0
0
0
0
0
R2
KO/TKO
Performance
of the Night
Win UFC 202 Diaz
McGregor
166
164
1
0
0
0
0
0
R5 Decision
Majority
Fight of
the Night
Loss UFC 196 McGregor
Diaz
61
77
0
1
0
2
0
1
R2
Submission
Fight of
the Night
UFC Belt UFC 194 Aldo
McGregor
1
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1
KO/TKO
Performance
of the Night
UFC Belt UFC 189 Mendes
McGregor
31
46
4
0
0
0
2
0
R2
KO/TKO
Performance
of the Night
Win Fight Night
Boston, 2015
McGregor
Silver
64
32
0
0
0
0
1
0
R2
KO/TKO
Performance
of the Night
Win UFC 178 Poirier
McGregor
10
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1
KO/TKO
Performance
of the Night
Win Fight Night
Dublin, 2014
McGregor
Brandao
18
9
1
0
0
1
1
0
R1
KO/TKO
Performance
of the Night
Win Fight Night
Boston, 2013
McGregor
Holloway
53
23
4
0
0
0
6
0
R3 Decision
Unanimous
Win UFC on FUEL TV
Stockholm, 2013
Brimage
McGregor
12
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1
KO/TKO
Knockout
of the Night

He also led the UFC’s unprecedented Global Tour to promote UFC 189, covering eight cities in five countries, over only 12 days, with incredible atmospheres at every stop.

Apart from the awkward Oscar and Manny fights we will detail below, Floyd has never faced a fighter who draws crowds or who promotes like Conor. The Irishman has been called the face of the UFC, and its most popular fighter who has created legions of fans around the world.

He won’t be rattled by the moment.

This Will Be Foreign Territory…For Floyd

In the “Money Mayweather” era, Floyd has never shared the spotlight with anyone, except for an older, injured Manny Pacquiao.

All of Floyd’s fights follow the same template: he challenges someone in the most important fight of their life and controls the narrative leading up to the fight — including all the trash talk.

The fans boo him (which he thrives on), and then his Money Team reinforces his heel image by holding him back from a fake shoving match. It’s like clockwork, a tried and true template.

That said, like the great English philosopher Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

Conor McGregor with Mike Tyson

When Floyd realizes he’s not the main draw, is not able to control every aspect of his plan, has Conor talk back to him, and is out of his comfort zone and formula, he might have that deer-in-the-headlights look his opponents usually have.

A favoured athlete being thrown off their game and losing isn’t new. It happens. In every sport. There is plenty of evidence. And Floyd is, literally, a perfectionist.

Everything has a process to it. Being out of his scientific processes could make him very uncomfortable, something Conor excels at exploiting.

Conor Knows He Won’t Get Hurt

Floyd is timely, precise and efficient, yet he’s not had a fight stopped in almost six years. He gracefully and methodically outpoints his opponents to victory.

Conor’s been hit by opponents at 170 and 155 lbs. With this fight held at 154 lbs., Conor can absorb Floyd’s punches.

Conor has essentially 36 minutes to exchange with him. Knowing he won’t get hurt will grant him courage to stay in front of Floyd, time to figure out an opening or plan, and removes the fear or uncertainty about the fight getting stopped.

He is also used to fighting athletes who could hurt him in multiple disciplines and with multiple body parts. This isn’t the case here. The Notorious toughness, ability to streamline his efforts into one discipline and lack of fear will be to his benefit.

Physical Advantages

Floyd has fought athletes bigger than him, with long reaches that “could knock him out with one punch.” He has beaten them all, mostly handily. Conor, however, is his BIGGEST opponent at 5’9, with the longest reach at 74”.

When Floyd squares up with him for the first time, he will realize how much taller Conor is and how long his arms are. Floyd also traditionally struggles against Lefties, and Conor’s a lefty whose been described as having the “touch of death”.

He heard for a year how overmatched he would be against a champion who hadn’t lost in ten years! That fight lasted thirteen seconds with one punch.

Conor has fought nine times in the UFC at 155 lbs. or under, winning all of ‘em. Seven of those fights have ended by TKO inside two rounds.

With this fight being at 154, he will be in his physical wheelhouse.

Conor Doesn’t Need Floyd

With the exception of De La Hoya, who fought Floyd at the end of his career, and Pacquiao, a fight some thought should have happened years before, Floyd has only fought opponents who have needed him financially.

He offers a big carrot to fighters he knows he could beat, and who will be grateful to Floyd for a once-in-a-lifetime payday.

Floyd also has strong business acumen to match his flamboyant personality and undefeated record. He is aware of his brand and how polarizing he is.

That makes fighting him seem all-the-more daunting to his opponents.

Connor McGregor 2

While the money Conor is rumoured to receive for this fight is supposedly huge, he has his own money, an increasing UFC salary, no shortage of elite fighters to fight for big paydays, and was just recently named one of the highest paid athletes in the world.

He won’t pander to Floyd and isn’t grateful for getting paid for the first time in his life.

He has options. He could fight for the 145 belt, defend his belt 155 or move up to 170. All these fights have been discussed.

He reportedly made $10 million his last fight, so as he says, “Life is good, it’s steak every meal.”

Too Many People Think This Fight is a Slam Dunk

Floyd deserves a lot of credit for assuming the risk here. He is putting his undefeated record and legacy on the line against an unknown fighter with a lot of momentum.

With the aforementioned Vegas odds, and countless media proclamations, there would seem to be no reason to even have this fight.

This wouldn’t be the first time this scenario has presented itself.

Always be leery when matchups are won on paper long before they take place.

It is important to consider all factors of this super fight, including ones that don’t seem obvious and are not talked about in the media. As the fight nears and the promotion and hype increase, we believe Conor could defy the sports books and come up with the most unlikely of decisions.


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