Conor McGregor’s Boxing In Mixed Martial Arts
It’s the argument that is going to rage right up until August 26th, 2017 and Conor McGregor wouldn’t have it any other way. Can he handle Floyd Mayweather inside a boxing ring? The general consensus amongst purists is that in a straight-up boxing match, it would be a walk in the park for Floyd.
But the idea of a straight-up boxing fight doesn’t seem to be what some MMA pundits are leaning toward. Saying that he needs to maintain elements of his stance and distance which we see him use inside the octagon to great effect. And not to get sucked into the domain of one of boxing’s greats.
By all accounts, this fight isn’t going to be what is considered a traditional boxing bout. Confirmed by that fact that we hear Conor will be allowed to use Superman punches. Should he so choose to do so! The former IBF Junior Welterweight and WBA Welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. Who has been drafted in to help McGregor prepare has said that,
“if you are fighting Conor, you are probably going to prepare for that left hand. So obviously Conor is working on other things besides the left hand. So there can be a surprise element to it too.”
Without any solid footage of him sparring as he prepares for the fight. All we can do is look back over some of his fights where his boxing came into play. It’s a major part of McGregor’s game and dominates his stats with an 86% KO TKO ratio in his 24 fights as a professional.
With tape from his UFC Fight Night 26 bout against the Max Holloway, who has since gone on the claim the UFC featherweight title. One of only two times McGregor has gone to a decision inside the octagon. His fight against Eddie Alvarez where McGregor claimed his second title at 155lbs.
Conor’s second fight against Nate Diaz fighting at 170lbs and looking to redeem his loss. The now highlight reel KO from one of McGregor’s Cage Warrior days. When he viciously knocked out Ivan Buchinger with his trademark overhand left. And of course the 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo Junior to win the 145lb title. The fastest KO in a Championship fight, in the history of the UFC.
He now faces Floyd Mayweather in what is being touted as the biggest fight in combat sports history.