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The Money Fight – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor predictions

Conor McGregor

After months of preamble between fight fans and media, we will finally see Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) and Conor McGregor (21-3-0, MMA) in the boxing ring.

McGregor weighed in first at 153 pounds, while Mayweather came in almost six pounds under the limit at 149.5 pounds. Now that both fighters have made weight, I think this favours McGregor as he is the current UFC lightweight champion (155 pounds). Mayweather’s heaviest weight to date was against Saul “Canelo” Alverez (152 pounds).

McGregor will walk into the ring at or around 175 lbs.

The ticket sales for the fight have been projected at $77.1 million. The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight currently holds the record for highest earnings at $623.5 million.

Tale of the Tape 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.

Born: Grand Rapids, MI

Height: 5′ 8″

Weight: 149.5 pounds

Reach: 72 inches

Stance: Orthodox

Record: 49-0-0, 26 KOs

CONOR MCGREGOR

Born: Dublin, Ireland

Height: 5′ 9″

Weight: 154 pounds

Reach: 74 inches

Stance: Orthodox switch

Record: 21-3-0, MMA

PREDICTIONS

 

I anticipate McGregor to come out aggressive in the first three rounds. Conor will press forward trying to instill his will and hope to somehow catch Mayweather off-guard.

The key for McGregor is to remain busy.

With that said, his greatest difficulty will be to land clean hard blows. Floyd may be 40 years old, however his boxing skills are great and his defensive skills are awesome. So, McGregor would need to be strategic and busy. A busy jab and move to cut off the ring combined with lots of pressure. Doubling up his jabs and feints or fake punches (to distract your opponent befor throwing an actual punch to create an undefended opening) before firing off a hard cross and then get off to the side or pull back and cut the ring again.

I don’t agree with McGregor’s choice of boxing sparring partners in the preparations for this bout, sparring with former lightweight and  welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, whose style, skills, defense, hand speed, does not resemble Money Mayweather in any shape or form. My concern for McGregor, is preparing with the wrong sparring partner and style to train with for a fight of this calibre.

That could prove very costly to McGregor.

My greatest concern will be for McGregor going into the middle to late rounds, as I suspect that he, much like Paquiao, will miss a lot of his punches, hitting air, elbows or forearms and just wearing himself out trying to land the knockout shot.

Floyd Mayweather on the other hand, will start slow. He will read McGregor and then slowly move into his “sniper” mode, where he becomes selective and lands precise shape punches right on point. McGregor is going up against one of the best defensive boxers of all time, the same boxer who embarrassed Pacquiao in May 2015. McGregor will have a tough time landing punches or specifically landing combinations. Also McGregor’s elbow placement is too far out to cause damage to a boxer of Mayweather’s calibre.

CLUBB PREDICTION

 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

I anticipate a decision victory for Mayweather. I don’t see any knockouts or knockdowns with this matchup. Just Floyd embarrassing McGregor and most likely some sort of a rematch to be announced.  Mayweather will make McGregor miss and this will wear out McGregor come the later rounds.

I think the public saw the best part of this “fighting spectacle” when Mayweather and McGregor were trash-talking one another during the worldwide press tour of Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and London. I think it will be a disappointing fight for fight fans at the end of the day. Mayweather will still remain undefeated, and walk away the best of his generation.

Noel Club is a boxing coach teaching competitive boxers currently competing for Team Ontario and Team Canada out of Warriors Muay Thai gym in Scarborough, Ontario. He just recently returned from a successful Team Canada trip to Grand Rapids, MI for the North American championships and also a successful Team Canada vs. Brazil dual match.

He will soon be introducing a new competitive boxing club name; King of Clubb’s – High Performance Boxing coming later this fall.

@NoelClubb

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