After all the hoopla over Conor McGregor’s issues with the UFC and his eventual removal from a UFC 200 rematch with Nate Diaz, things seemed to die down for a few days. Then another angle came up – a possible boxing match between McGregor and retired P4P great Floyd Mayweather. While it seemed preposterous at the time, it has been given some credence by a few sources. It’s still highly unlikely – but that isn’t stopping people from talking about it.
The latest person to offer his opinion is UFC announcer Joe Rogan on his podcast. While he understands how unlikely the bout is, he at least thinks Conor could take Floyd to a decision in a boxing ring due to Mayweather’s age and relative lack of punching power. Here’s what he had to say (transcribed by MMA Fighting):
“I don’t think [McGregor can fight Mayweather]. I would imagine, unless the UFC is involved, [or they let him out of his contract] and I can’t imagine they would be willing to do that and I can’t imagine that they would let him fight Floyd Mayweather.”
“If he can survive, he’s not diminished too much. And Mayweather’s not a murderous puncher. He’s not a Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin is a bad fight for him. Someone like that is a bad fight for him, a murderous puncher, because most likely they’re gonna take him out. But Mayweather, it’s very possible he is gonna get to the decision.”
“If Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight in MMA, Conor McGregor will f*ck him up. He will f*ck him up…But, in a boxing match, I can’t imagine a world where Floyd Mayweather doesn’t f*ck [McGregor] up. In a boxing match I think Floyd Mayweather is arguably the greatest boxer of all time…He’s just so much better. And if people don’t know, if you think you’re really good and then you get in there and box a guy like that, he will f*cking expose the sh*t out of you.
“But I mean, who knows man? One of the things we know about Conor is he has a ridiculous belief in himself and he has unbelievable power. One of the things we know about Floyd is he’s 39. So when a guy turns 39, you never know. For every guy like Bernard Hopkins, there’s a bunch of guys where the wheels just fall off and all of a sudden they can’t take a punch anymore and they can’t fight anymore, they don’t move good anymore. But I can’t imagine a world where he’s not light years past Conor with boxing skill. “
Could McGregor actually make it to the final bell with one of the best boxers of this generation? That seems far-fetched – and again, the entire idea is extremely unlikely – but it’s fun to talk about at least.