Even before the bout was ever finalized, White argued that McGregor’s size and power would pose difficulties for Mayweather. The UFC President also argued that Mayweather has had issues with southpaws in the past, and as you know, McGregor is a lefty.
While plenty of people have made similar arguments as White, a lot of folks have dismissed them, particularly observers from the boxing world. They’ve argued that since this is a boxing match, and that Mayweather’s one of the greatest pugilists of all time, the UFC champ has little to zero chance.
Well, during a recent media scrum, White had this to say about that narrative (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Everybody thinks that he’s going to go in there and and he’s boxing the best boxer — he’s not boxing anybody,” White said. “This is under boxing rules, but you better believe this is going to be a fight. This isn’t going to be a boxing match, this is going to be a fight. When you’re in boxing, you throw a jab, a right hand or a hook or a hook to the body comes behind it. None of that stuff is going to be coming. Floyd is the master of knowing what comes next and he’s the best defensive fighter. Those aren’t the same patterns that are going to come from Conor McGregor. It’s going to be completely different.
“Conor doesn’t just have to hit him on the chin. He’s going to hit him on the elbows, he’s going to hit him on the shoulders, he’s going to hit him all over his arms, the side of the head, the side of his gloves. He’s on 29-year-old legs. Floyd’s on almost 41-year-old legs, and anybody who’s been 41 knows what that’s like. Conor is the bigger, stronger man who will apply pressure, hit him with hard punches, he will eventually catch him and he will knock him out.”
The big question is whether Mayweather will in fact be fazed by McGregor’s approach. Further, you have to wonder, if Mayweather does come out firing, as he’s claimed he will, what would that do to McGregor’s strategy?
We’ll find out soon enough. Mayweather and McGregor will battle on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.