Can Conor McGregor Beat Floyd Mayweather ?

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Two years ago, a fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather was just a fantasy. When the two started their feud through twitter, everyone thought it was just a publicity stunt.

Now, they’ve just held press conferences in over four cities, and they will be fighting in less than 5 weeks on the 26th of August in Las Vegas. The fight is set to be one of the most lucrative in combat sports.

In fact, according to Kevin Bradley, Bovada’s sports book manager, betting on the fight will likely surpass the Superbowl.

As reflected in the odds, the majority believe that it won’t be a truly competitive fight. According to the public, McGregor won’t be able to last long against the veteran boxer, Floyd Mayweather.

However,  boxing experts seem to believe that the odds that Conor wins are much higher than what is being shown in the sportsbooks.

So, the question follows:

Can Conor McGregor beat Mayweather?

And if so, how?

#TeamAlpha has decided to investigate if the young MMA fighter, the “notorious”  can actually win this or if this is just a ‘money fight’ after all?

Let’s see if McGregor has a shot at beating the retired legendary fighter than most people would believe.

Why Are The Odds Stacked Against Conor McGregor?

One can only imagine… why would McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), with no professional boxing experience, enter the fight thinking he will outbox the 49-0 Mayweather?

His debut will be against one of the greatest boxers in a generation. Right from the get-go, this sounds like a huge mismatch.

Mayweather has only been down once in his career – and it was to ask for a brief break due to a hand injury.

Conor McGregor would have been the conditional favourite if this was MMA (mixed martial arts), after all, he is the only fighter to ever simultaneously hold two UFC weight-class titles.

But, it is doubtful that within months he can learn a strategy to break Mayweather’s defence. Mayweather has made a living off of dodging punches against some of the best boxers of his generation. His record is 49-0 stands strong.

The gloves are bigger, the tactics are different. A lot of the defences that work in boxing are ones you can’t even use in MMA.

So, How Can McGregor Win?

#1 McGregor Is At His Peak

Mayweather has been retired for two years.

It is true that he has a lot of experience, but while the boxing champion has been enjoying retirement, McGregor has been practising. He already even has fights lined up after his match with Mayweather.

Mayweather can’t afford to dismiss McGregor’s capabilities. How has the veteran been living since retirement? How hard has he been training to get back into fighting shape? Will it be enough against someone 11 years younger than him?

How has the veteran been living since retirement? How hard has he been training to get back into fighting shape? Will it be enough against someone 11 years younger than him?

McGregor is a much bigger man who is known for his agility, unconventional fighting style, and power. Unlike Mayweather, he is still in his prime.

Unlike Mayweather, he is still in his prime. Although is this enough to beat the unbeaten boxer?

#2 Power

UFC commentator Joe Rogan admitted that it is a long shot for McGregor to beat Mayweather, but it is not impossible.

Why?

McGregor is a wrecking ball in the ring.  He knocked out Jose Aldo within 13 seconds in what is now labelled the most electrifying and stunning finish in combat sports.

McGregor needs to connect one hit to turn the odds in his favour. On the other hand, it is unlikely that Mayweather will be able to knock McGregor out easily. McGregor is larger and stronger.

Freddie Roach, the head trainer of Manny Pacquiao, who fought Mayweather two years ago, also changed his opinion on McGregor. He originally believed that the Dublin champion “wasn’t that good”, but after seeing his fight against Aldo, he acknowledged that a strong shot is all that McGregor needs.

#3 Mayweather’s Southpaw Stance

We have Mayweather, who is the master of one style, and McGregor, who has specialised in several styles of fighting. When it comes to boxing, it is ridiculous to believe McGregor can catch up to Mayweather’s lifetime of training by the day of the bout, but McGregor can draw and apply moves he has learned through other fighting styles.

When it comes to boxing, it is ridiculous to believe McGregor can catch up to Mayweather’s lifetime of training by the day of the bout. But McGregor can draw and apply moves he has learned through other fighting styles.

Floyd has had trouble with southpaws; Conor McGregor is a southpaw. Mayweather’s defence – the Philly Shell: is a tactic designed against orthodox stances which Mayweather is known for. He blocks jabs with his guard and his right-hand bombs to strike back.

This doesn’t work with southpaws. Against fighters like McGregor, he can’t match the likes of a southpaw. For a more in-depth look at their fighting style, check out this video>>

McGregor doesn’t move like traditional boxers, so the angles Mayweather is used to will be slightly off. If McGregor takes advantage of this in the first three rounds, he may stand a chance.

#4 McGregor Has Preparation On His Side

Mayweather has a streak of 49-0, and most of these fights are easy to access. Because of this, McGregor has countless of Mayweather fights to study. McGregor can use this to figure out Mayweather’s

Because of this, McGregor has countless of Mayweather fights to study. McGregor can use this to figure out Mayweather’s weaknesses and come up with a sound game plan to win. Maybe we’re giving McGregor too much credit here, but he himself made this point.

In one of the press conferences, McGregor claimed:

“I know every single shot he [Mayweather] has been hit with.”

Connor may appear to be an impulsive, unpredictable athlete. But his greatest strength is his mind.

#4 Dirty Boxing / Clinching

Mayweather’s stamina is enormous. He may no longer be in his prime, but his average fights tend to last far longer than what McGregor is used to. Also, the gloves in boxing are heavier than in MMA.

McGregor needs to get an early advantage if he wants to win. The longer the fight progresses, the harder it will be for him to land a shot on Mayweather. He may even benefit from trying to box “dirty” against Mayweather to wear him out early on.

If McGregor follows in Muhammad Ali’s footsteps, he will dirty box, take warnings from the referee, and even lose a point in order to wear Mayweather down by being ‘physical’ with him. Because this fight is so big, it is unlikely that McGregor would be disqualified for ‘bending’ the rules.

Because this fight is so big, it is unlikely that McGregor would be disqualified for ‘bending’ the rules.

#5 Trash Talk

Floyd is famous for his ability to trash talk his opponents during the ring.

He doesn’t do this just for the money. His ability to shut Shane Mosley down by inducing stress was a testament to just how good Mayweather is at this kind of warfare.

Mayweather takes advantage of the frontal lobe shut down and muscle tension that results from stress. He uses it to break his opponent’s will.

Here’s the kicker;

McGregor is just as good at this.

McGregor’s hardest fight so far was against Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz is known has superhuman cardio and he is a volume punching triathlete. Next, to Diaz, Mayweather’s stamina and speed are average. In the rematch, McGregor barely blinked or reacted to the onslaught of strikes.

While many disagreed on who fought better between the two, McGregor’s ability to maintain his composure and stay calm must be commended.

A look at what went down in the press conferences will clearly show that when it comes to trash talking, McGregor wins.

Can Conor McGregor Beat Floyd Mayweather?

It will be a hard battle for McGregor. We can’t really blame most people for seeing this as ‘entertainment’ rather than an actual professional match. It may be just a cash grab, but there is no doubt that Mayweather and McGregor have a lot to lose.

If he loses, Mayweather will tarnish his reputation and end his career in humiliation. In fact, if he loses, the boxing industry itself would look bad compared to MMA.

McGregor’s career is still just starting, so it is unlikely that losing will put an end to his success, but he does stand to be taught a hard lesson by a veteran.

We hope that this article helps you make the right betting choice. Remember, to be a successful punter, looking at data and making the right research is very important.

If you believe McGregor can win, do not be afraid to bet on the underdog. The best punters are those who know when to take a risk.

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