Yesterday we covered the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor fight from an MMA angle with Catherine Costigan giving her views on the contest.
Today we hear from St Francis Boxing Club’s Ken Moore, coming in with a boxing point of view, his views on the matter certainly differ from those of his close friend, Catherine.
“I wouldn’t call it a fight I’d call it an event. It’s a huge event. Mr McGregor has once more done a great job in getting himself into a situation he shouldn’t be in. You’ve got to take your hat off to him in that regard, he’s going to make a lot of money. Coming into a boxing ring with probably our era’s best pound for pound fighter”
Moore also points out that the fight should be illegal with a novice boxer with no professional or amateur experience coming in to face a multiple weight world champion with a 49-0 record.
“The fight is illegal, the guy (McGregor) has had zero boxing fights. If Mayweather tried to fight anyone else in the world with that record there’s no commission in the world that would allow this to happen. But it is Nevada, and what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas I suppose.”
While the St Francis Boxing Club man doesn’t hold out any hope that McGregor can win this Saturday’s contest, he does believe that the Irish MMA star will show more boxing skills that people are giving him credit for.
“I think that he will have more skill in the ring than at the moment people are giving him credit for. A lot of people I speak to, one side are saying if he lands (a punch) it’s all over and others reckon he’s going to be like someone outside Supermac’s at 2.30 in the morning.
I reckon he will have more skills, he will have a game plan, John Kavanagh is a great coach after all but Floyd Mayweather is different gravy. Mayweather has beaten 24 world professional champions, he’s beaten every pound for pound that have come up against him.
The only thing Conor has in his favour is that Mayweather is not a puncher, he will try to outbox him rather than outpunch him.”
Looking at how the result will go on the night, Moore thinks that the American pro will secure a stoppage win at some point in the second half of the fight.
“I think it will go a few rounds, I think conditioning will come into it then. McGregor is a very fit individual and he trains very hard but I don’t think his conditioning over a 12-round fight will be there, this is a different sport completely.
To the untrained eye it will look like McGregor is having a measure of success but I think once it goes past the 5th or 6th round Mayweather is going to take over and we’ll be looking at a stoppage in the second half of the fight”