Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs), the best boxing personality in this generation, against Conor McGregor, a mixed-martial artist with no professional boxing record whatsoever. Who will win this spectacle that no one ever imagined happening? Dan Rafael and Brett Okamoto (Boxing and MMA experts) agreed that it’s going to be a long night for Conor McGregor against Floyd Mayweather.
DAN RAFAEL: Floyd Mayweather already manifested the art of boxing: to hit and not to get hit. He retired on 2015, and that period of time, he owned the best boxing plus for 24.5 plus/minus rating, per CompuBox. He landed 43.4 percent of his punches, while opponents landed only 18.9 percent. Floyd gets the advantage.
BRETT OKAMOTO: Conor McGregor is good in defense but it’s not gonna help him. Honestly, a striking defense is not he’s known for. FightMetric’s statistics for McGregor’s defense is just 57 percent of strikes during his career in UFC, worse than any other male champ. Mayweather gets the advantage for me.
D: The count for Mayweather’s knockout in his whole career is only 26 out of the 49 fights, so he goes 12 rounds as the rest of us breathe. He’s stroll through 12 rounds in his past seven fights and 12 of his 14. Since his 17th fight, every bout but one has been set for championship distance. Floyd gets the advantage.
B: In the MMA, we can never deny that Conor McGregor is one of the most violent fighters in the UFC. He has ended the half of his pro opponent bouts inside the opening round. Very impressive, it’s a good argument but the advantage will still stay with Floyd.
D: Floyd conquer it all, has seen everything in the name of boxing. As a virtuoso in this sport, he has already faced almost every big name in his time and done it well in the stage. Advantage goes to Floyd.
B: The roots of McGregor started with boxing, in Ireland’s Crumlin Boxing Club, He’s always had comfort in the pocket, which he honored in his boxing years as an amateur. That said, he’s agreed to the difference of the rules which is pretty big. He’s also facing one of the best ever. The Advantage is on Floyd again.
AND THE WINNER IS…
D: Easy work for Mayweather, who’ll see what McGregor has for few rounds. McGregor will end up tiring himself from his own shots that may give Mayweather’s chance knock him off in the 7th round.
B: Mayweather will get the pressure to win big plus the willingness of McGregor to take the chances should be an equally rare knockout. Mayweather will KO Conor at the 11th.