By Scott Gilfoid: Conor McGregor is not short on confidence going into his first pro and likely his last boxing match this Saturday against Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor still thinks the lighter 8oz gloves are going to help him score a quick knockout. McGregor started off saying the knockout would come against Mayweather by round 2, but now he’s saying it might happen in the first exchange in round 1.
It seems like McGregor is working hard saying as much controversial stuff as possible to try and get a few more pay-per-view buys from the fans.
Mayweather-McGregor will be fighting on Showtime PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will be fighting for the time as a pro inside of a boxing ring. This will likely be the last time McGregor fights as a boxer unless he can pull off an upset against the 40-year-old Mayweather, who is coming off a long 2-year layoff. In terms of Mayweather’s age and inactivity, McGregor has the former 5-division world champion where he wants him.
McGregor is younger at 29, and he’s been active with his career in the UFC. However, fighting as an MMA fighter is nothing like fighting in a boxing ring. McGregor is going to find that out quickly on Saturday night, much to the disappointment to all the fans that are pouring their money into purchasing this fight on PPV. There are a lot of boxing fans counting on McGregor giving Mayweather a good fight. However, all things indicate this is going to be either a knockout or a one-sided 12 round decision win for Mayweather.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if I go out there and flatten him in the first exchange, I don’t see him lasting two rounds in these 8oz gloves,” said McGregor to Sky Sports News. “Part of me wants to showcase a little more, we’ll see, I don’t believe he will last two rounds – believe he will be unconscious before then.”
McGregor didn’t show incredible punching power in the clips of him sparring Paulie Malignaggi. McGregor was slapping Malignaggi, throwing shots with inside of his gloves, and hitting him on the back of the head. It was a lot of slapping from McGregor, and he looked tired. It’s unclear what round it was when McGregor was sparring Malignaggi. Hopefully for McGregor’s sake, it was in the 12th. If that sparring clip came from the first few rounds of sparring with Malignaggi, then we’re going to see a real mismatch on Saturday night. We’re probably going to see a mismatch anyway. McGregor is stepping into the unknown without having shown that he’s ready for what Mayweather will be dishing out.