Ask any boxing expert, or indeed most MMA analysts for that matter, and they’ll say the same thing – Floyd Mayweather is going to soundly beat Conor McGregor on August 26th.
After all, it’s just common sense given that Mayweather is considered one of the best of all-time in his chosen sport – an untouchable boxing legend with a perfect 49-0 record.
Meanwhile, McGregor may have won both the UFC’s featherweight and lightweight titles in impressive fashion, but the fact remains that he’s never had a professional boxing match in his life.
That’s not to say McGregor can’t throw a punch – he’s proven time and time again that he can do so with devastating effect – but there’s a world of difference between someone like Mayweather, who has spent his entire lifetime focusing purely on pugelistic perfection, and the Irish sensation, who has split his time training many different aspects of fighting, both on the feet and on the floor.
So, the odds are firmly stacked against ‘The Notorious’, and rightly so, but anything can happen in a fight and it would be careless to write off his chances of pulling off an historic upset without having looked at the fight from every possible angle.
As such, in this article we’ll do just that and explore no less than 10 distinct advantages that McGregor should enjoy against Mayweather when they step into the ring in Las Vegas in just two months’ time.
When Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather step into the ring on August 26th, there will be an 11-year age gap between them.
McGregor turns 29 on July 14th, putting him firmly in the prime of his career as he heads into the biggest fight of his career.
As for Mayweather, despite his youthful appearance, he’s now 40 years old, and that’s sure to raise a question about whether time is finally going to catch up with him in the ring.
‘Money’ has now been fighting professionally for 21 years, and even though he’s racked up 49 victories without defeat, wear and tear is inevitable.
That’s particularly apparent with his hands, which Mayweather’s former cutman Miguel Diaz once noted the boxer has “all the problems in the world,” with, having suffered multiple fractures throughout his career, including in his last fight with Andre Berto, and that only becomes more problematic as the years roll on.
Some, like legendary coach Freddie Roach, have also spotted signs of Mayweather deteriorating in other ways, telling Sky Sports in 2015 that, “I don’t think he moves like he used to. His legs aren’t what they were – that’s the first thing to go with a fighter.”
Two years later, issues like that are only going to have become more pronounced.
When it comes to size, McGregor is holding all the aces in this match-up.
At 5′ 9” tall, ‘The Notorious’ has a one-inch height advantage over Mayweather, while a 74” reach puts him two inches ahead of his rival.
Interestingly, you’d have to go back six years and 12 fights to his 2011 fight with Oscar De La Hoya to find the last time Mayweather didn’t have a superior reach to his opponent.
However, perhaps the most interesting size advantage McGregor will enjoy on the night is weight, since ‘Money’ somewhat surprisingly conceded to fight him at 154 pounds, despite a few months earlier having targeted 145-150 pounds as his favored weight for the contest.
Over the course of his career Mayweather has won titles as low as 130 pounds, but has generally been operating around the 146-pound range in recent years.
With that being said, he does have two previous successful fights at 154 pounds against Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto, and one with Canelo Alvarez at 152 pounds, though 151 pounds is as high as he’s personally reached on the scales.
As for McGregor, he has a naturally bigger frame than Mayweather and has even fought twice at 170 pounds against the taller, rangier Nate Diaz.
The Irishman had well documented struggles getting down to 145 for his recent featherweight fights in the UFC, so it’s a major boost for him that he won’t have to concern himself with a grueling cut and instead will be operating within the vicinity of his optimal weight, where he won both his Cage Warriors and UFC lightweight titles.
One genuine advantage McGregor will feel he has in this fight is knockout power.
He’s the naturally bigger, heavier man for a start, but more importantly, he has a proven track record of stopping opponents, with 18 of his 21 career victories in MMA coming by way of T/KO – and all but one of those coming by way of punches.
That includes becoming the first man ever to finish UFC great Jose Aldo, ending his nine-year unbeaten run in just 13 seconds to claim the featherweight title, then also handing Eddie Alvarez his first loss due to strikes in nine years to win the lightweight strap.
By contrast, only a little over half of Mayweather’s 49 career victories have come by way of T/KO, and many of those were during his younger days fighting in significantly lower weight classes.
In fact, competing at higher divisions, combined with having suffered numerous hand issues over the years and being a natural defensive boxer, has resulted in Mayweather going to the scorecards in 12 of his last 14 bouts over an 11-year period.