PUNDITS PREDICT MAYWEATHER MCGREGOR
By Tommy Watt on Aug 23 2017
Mayweather v McGregor is just around the corner so we reached out to some of our friends in the Boxing World to gauge their opinions on the biggest fight this year:
Tommy Watt (T2TBoxing)
Mayweather wins, no other way this fight plays out for me. The only variable is how it ends and when. McGregor isn’t even undefeated in his own sport and Mayweather has fought (and beat) the best in his for two decades.
Part of me thinks we’ll see a performance from Mayweather similar to the one he gave against Arturo Gatti because he wants to make a point that he is the better, tougher man and could beat McGregor down over the course of the fight. Unlike Gatti however, I don’t know if McGregor has the heart to take a beating for 12 rounds and he may look for a way out, either by DQ or an injury – as Mailinaggi has eluded to this week, he doesn’t like it when things don’t go his way and I can’t see much going his way once that first bell rings. Otherwise it will be the standard Floyd Mayweather masterclass that we have become accustomed to.
Ben Damon (Main Event)
Floyd Mayweather wins this however he likes. Over the course of the first three minutes he'll know precisely how superior his skills are, and if he decides his debutant opponent needs to be exposed and humiliated early then it will be so. If he decides Conor McGregor must be embarrassed for 12 rounds, that's what will happen. The only other possibility is farce and controversy befitting the circus. Whatever happens it will be compelling, and that's all it's designed to be.
Daniel Attias (Aus Boxing / The Fight City / TheRoarSports)
Mayweather-McGregor has garnered the kind of mainstream attention that boxing has sorely lacked in the modern era. Sadly though, the fight itself will struggle to live up to the expectations that the general public have heaped upon it. The gulf in experience is just too wide. There's no scenario in my mind where Conor McGregor can win this fight without foul play coming into it.
I see two possibilities when it comes to predicting the result. Both end with Floyd Mayweather the victor. The first, and the one that realistically should happen, sees Floyd totally dominate McGregor and stop him in the later rounds. The other, which is also totally plausible, sees Mayweather carry his UFC counterpart and win the fight on points.
This isn’t about who's the better fighter, this is about promoting an event to the masses and it seems as though it’s been a total success thus far.
Jonathan Drennan (Guardian Sports / Irish Times)
It's hard to see it being anything than a very one sided Mayweather points victory. Mayweather has never been known for his knockout power (Hatton excepted) and he will not be lulled stupidly into an inside fight. He will use distance and jab when he needs to. McGregor may succeed at times as his style is so unorthodox it is difficult to time for Mayweather's normally impeccable defence. I expect an extremely dull affair and unanimous points victory for Mayweather who will have fooled the world once again that he will be involved in an all-action fight
Cody Kaye (Fight Call Out / Fox Sports)
I'll keep this short and sweet, just like the fight will be. McGregor cannot win. If he was getting Floyd in a dark alley, the Irishman would be up on murder charges, but he's not. It's in a boxing ring, where Floyd has made many millions of dollars beating up far more talented boxers than Conor. Let's call this what it is - a cash grab.
Conor comes out fast, because that's literally his only hope. But he's in deep water from the moment the bell for round one rings. Floyd will record his first stoppage since 2011, and he'll do it easy and early. Great con job from the both of them, but I don't like anything about this fight.
Paul Upham (Fox Sports News)
Logic and his undefeated boxing record says Floyd Mayweather beats Conor McGregor easy on points over 12 rounds. The other side to that is that Floyd is 40. I saw Roy Jones and Shane Mosley fight in their primes and never though they would lose. They did. I never thought I'd see Usain Bolt beat over 100 meters. He was, this month. Conor might land a KO punch, but I'm sticking with Mayweather on points over the distance
Grantle Kieza (News Corp)
I Can't see McGregor doing well. I think Mayweather might toy with him for a while. If it's on the level Mayweather will finish the fight whenever he likes
Joseph Barclay (T2TBoxing Contributor)
I feel as though it will be a relatively easy win for Mayweather as he ambles to 50-0. After adjusting to Mcgregor’s unorthodox style in the early rounds, I believe Mayweather’s far superior boxing skills and experience will wear Mcgregor down to the point where the referee will have no choice but to intervene. Mayweather will win via an 8th round TKO
Simon Trowell (T2TBoxing Contributor)
Some of the finest boxers in modern history have struggled to lay a glove on Floyd. McGregor is in his Pro Boxing debut so logic would dictate he will struggle to land anything effective.
Floyd is a masterful boxer and does what he needs to do to win each round. His evasion skills are from 200 years in the future, and while he won't knock Conor out (he doesn't knock anyone out let alone a tough Irishman) he won't have difficulty landing counter shots on McGregor who holds his hands wide and low. Conor will however, make it an entertaining and fun bout! Mayweather by Unanimous Decision