We are just weeks away from could be the biggest PPV fight in combat sports history. On August 26th, Floyd Mayweather will look to earn his 50th win inside the ring against the UFC’s rising star, Conor Mcgregor. While “experts” are giving their opinions on this bout just about every day on their respective tv shows, it’s difficult to find a fair and balanced opinion, or honest justification that explains why this fight is so exciting, and why it will be competitive.
As the heavy favorite in this fight, I will discuss what Floyd needs to do to secure the win in part one.
In reality, Floyd’s strategy should be easy for all of us to figure out; don’t take damage, and tire out McGregor in order to pick him apart. What most analysts forget to mention is that Floyd is not facing a traditional boxer who will fight in a traditional boxing style.
Mayweather is attempting to prepare for McGregor by bringing in MMA fighters such as Kevin Lee to try and understand the timing and movement of an everyday MMA fighter. This is a smart move on his part, as it will give him some much needed insight to how an MMA approaches angles, and reacts to punches. It also shows that Floyd is in fact taking this fight seriously, contrary to popular belief.
Even though this is a boxing match under Marcus of Queensbury rules, McGregor can still use multiple styles of footwork and stances to strike from long distances. It is imperative that Floyd take this into consideration in this training camp.
This video clip from Boxing Physique will show a comparison of the different punching styles of Mayweather and McGregor. This video speaks to the difference in movement and footwork between these two fighters.
Now, let’s address Floyd’s age briefly. At 40-years old, many analysts will claim that his age will affect his sense of cardio and stamina. Add that to his two years away from the ring, and you could be lead to believe that he may have lost a step.
I believe that these points hold very little weight. To be called the best defensive boxer of all-time requires an incredulous amount of hard work. Age in boxing is not an effective measure of a boxers ability. Bernard Hopkins is one prime example of age being nothing more than a number. I am not trying to laterally compare their careers, but it is merely giving the example.
Another note is that Floyd hasn’t exactly slacked off in his retirement. When it comes to cardio and stamina, Floyd will train just as hard as he always has, and should be more than capable of going twelve rounds.
As I previously stated, Floyd needs to do what he does best in order to ensure victory in this fight. Using his amazing ability to download a fighters tendencies and reaction time is going to be tantamount in order for him to avoid big shots late in this fight. Hopefully Floyd’s speed and defense will be enough to deflect punishing shots early on.