John Kavanagh has, not surprisingly, repeatedly said Conor McGregor will upset Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night. But, with the fight just four days away, the SBG leader has provided two predictions for the August 26th bout.
If you’ve followed the lead-up to the bout, then you know the consensus is that Mayweather will outscore McGregor. The argument being that since Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers ever, and McGregor has never had a pro-boxing bout, the latter is in over his head.
But, more recently, it seems like more and more people are starting to think McGregor could take Mayweather out, and not only with a lucky punch. The way Kavanagh sees it, however, Mayweather isn’t going to make it into the later rounds. On the latest “MMA Hour”, McGregor’s coach made these predictions for the contest (quote via MMA Fighting):
“When the two of them walk to the middle, one of them has to take a back step. If Floyd takes a back step, which I believe he will, then I predict round six,” Kavanagh said. “That’s my prediction on it. I think for the first five rounds, he will back up, he will lie on the ropes the way he does, he will cover up and try to just absorb, and try to wear Conor down. That’s how I think he’ll approach the fight.
“If he doesn’t take a back step, and we’ll all see it — we’ll all see their feet, we’ll all see who walks backwards — if he walks forward and exchanges, it’ll be a one-round fight. It’ll be over in a minute. Because he’d be fighting in such a way that’s not normal to him, he won’t have had time to develop the skillset for an aggressive exchanging fighter. Like I said, I didn’t know a lot about Floyd before this, but I did watch his fights for his defensive work. So for him to go in there and try to trade with Conor and not walk backwards, would be so alien to him but so normal for Conor — that’s exactly what Conor’s the best at — he’ll be unconscious in a minute.
How about that? Now Kavanagh went on to say that ultimately he believes Mayweather will fight defensively, as he’s known to do, and that as a result, he won’t get stopped until the sixth….Guess we’ll see soon enough.
Mayweather – McGregor will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.