As a lifelong boxing fan, I really don’t want to see this upcoming Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor fight. Simply put, It’s BAD for boxing. Assuming that Floyd has stayed in shape and assuming that due to the lack of wear and tear on his body throughout his career, he will still have the majority of his life long skills, the fight is simple to predict. Floyd by decision or KO. It will do nothing to further the popularity of boxing and will actually hurt the sweet science because of the predictable way this fight will roll out.
Conor McGregor is not a boxer. He has never been in a professional boxing match. Even if he does have some skills and can punch, it will mean very little. Boxers are in a different league from MMA fighters when it comes to using their hands. If this was a full contact match then of course Conor would be favored. But it’s a boxing match. Floyd will stick and move and bounce right hands off of McGregor’s head all night or at least until he KOs him.
Throughout my years in the Martial Arts the one thing I can tell you is that most Martial Artists don’t punch very well. That’s why I emphasize the importance of using hands in fighting. It gives the student a distinct advantage over other Martial Artists who focus primarily on their legs. And that is the point. Martial Artists can kick, quite literally, the crap out of you but not with their hands. Although I rarely saw a fight end with a kick to the head, I did see a lot of damage imposed using kicks. But this is not a kick boxing match. Without those weapons in his arsenal, it will be like taking candy from a baby, no matter how well McGregor trains for this fight.
Conor McGregor simply doesn’t have the hands or the skills necessary to give Mayweather anything more than a sparring session, which is exactly what this will be. I therefore would not be in a rush to throw away money on an event that will roll out exactly as I see it. In one corner, you have one of the greatest and most talent boxers of all time and in the other, a man with not one single professional boxing match to his credit. Is there anyone who could really make a serious case that this will be anything but a huge payday for both men?