Tony Ferguson doesn’t fault Conor McGregor for taking a big payday, bout with Floyd Mayweather, in fact, “El Cucuy” has even offered his congratulations to the UFC’s lightweight champ. But, Ferguson’s also reminded McGregor that he’s about to fight one of the greatest boxers of all time.
As you surely know, the long discussed, Mayweather – McGregor bout has been booked for August 26th. The confirmation comes at a time when Ferguson is knocking on the title shot door at 155, thanks to a nine fight winning streak.
Recently Ferguson spoke with MMA Junkie, and he congratulated McGregor for landing the super fight. Ferguson was also asked to weigh-in on the argument, that McGregor’s brand could take a hit, if he’s outclassed by Mayweather when they fight. The well rounded fighter had this take on the situation:
“Conor is not going to lose anything off it because he’s taking a chance in another sport, and I have to give homeboy credit, because that’s cool,” Ferguson said. “I was always a multi-sport athlete when I was younger, and this right here is dope. I would love to box. I want to go into GLORY and I want to kickbox. I don’t like sitting on the sidelines. I like to stay active. I have to say that with Conor, you have to step up your boxing skills. You’re messing with a lion in there. MMA is a completely different sport. You are a striker, son, not a boxer. This is boxing. You’re not going to be able to go in there and strike. It’s a different sport and a different animal.”
Now sure. There are still folks out there who don’t really understand the finer points of MMA, and who might think less of McGregor as a figher, if he gets dominated August 26th. But, really, as Ferguson noted, McGregor has very little to lose here. He’s taking on arguably the best boxer of this generation, despite the fact he’s never competed in a pro-boxing bout. Further, you know if McGregor does lose badly, he’s going to call on Mayweather to fight him in the cage…and he won’t be reserved while doing so.