By Rich Cheney: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor’s decision to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. under the rules of boxing means he’s not going to have much of a chance at beating him on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tyson breaks it down to Mayweather having the advantage over McGregor because he’s been boxing his entire life rather than just a short period of time.
“McGregor is going to kill him boxing,” Tyson said on the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take.” “I was angry because I thought they would use the MMA rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about: Can the boxer beat the MMA type?”
McGregor would give Mayweather huge problems if the rules let him kick, knee, elbow and grapple. If Mayweather could use submission holds, Mayweather would surely lose. McGregor would only need to get close enough to Mayweather to grab him and take him down to the canvas.
With Mayweather not being much of a puncher, he would have a great deal of problems dealing with McGregor’s MMA techniques. But that’s not how the fight is going to be fought. McGregor agreed to fight Mayweather in a boxing ring under the Marquees of Queensbury rules. That means the fight is going to be strictly under boxing rules.
If McGregor resorts to using his MMA offensive skills, he’ll likely be penalized and disqualified depending on how frequently he uses the fouls. The referee might be tolerant to some things that McGregor does against Mayweather, but he goes overboard and starts kicking, kneeing, elbowing and body slamming, then he’s not going to last long inside the ring before he’s thrown out by the referee.
“[McGregor] put his stupid ass in a position where he’s going to be eliminated because this guy has been doing this all his life since he was a baby,” said McGregor. ”[McGregor] cannot kick and grab and stuff. He Will not have many possibilities,”said Tyson.
You can argue that the reason why the fight is being fought under boxing rules instead of a mix between MMA and boxing is because McGregor isn’t as popular as Mayweather. McGregor wasn’t the A-side in the negotiations according to MMA News. If he was, he’d have been able to get the fight under much different circumstances than it is. That’s why the fight isn’t really fair, and it’s going to be a rip off for the gullible boxing and UFC fans that purchase it on Showtime PPV.
The deck is stacked against McGregor, and the reason for that is because he wasn’t popular enough to get the fight on a more even playing field. They should have negotiated for things kicks at least. Wrestling obviously shouldn’t be allowed, because Mayweather would have no chance at all if McGregor were allowed to wrestle. But things like kicking and kneeing should have been allowed. It would have forced Mayweather to stay on the run for the entire fight, and that would have given McGregor a decent chance of winning the fight. Mayweather would eventually get tired, and McGregor could land one of his kicks to the head or to the midsection of Mayweather. The fight would then be fought on an even playing field.
The way the fight is setup now with it being under boxing rules only, it’s not a fair fight. McGregor has no chance of beating Mayweather, because he only has an 8 week training camp to try and learn how to box. How does a fighter learn everything he needs to know about boxing to beat Mayweather in just 8 weeks? It’s an absolute joke, which is why a lot of knowledgeable boxing and MMA fans won’t be purchasing the fight. But there will be enough casual boxing fans that don’t know enough about Mayweather, McGregor and the rules of the fight for it to do well.
“McGregor took the biggest stupid rules in boxing history,” Tyson said. “Conor is a character. Floyd has never met a character like this. I mean hey, it’s disrespectful, but it’s so funny,” said Tyson in talking about McGregor calling Mayweather, “Boy.”
McGregor can get away with pushing Mayweather’s buttons to try and anger him, as that’s exactly what he wants him to be for their fight on August 26. McGregor wants Mayweather to lose his head and start brawling instead of using his brains to focus on boxing hm. McGregor’s best chance of winning is to get Mayweather as angry as possible so that he can somehow land one of his big shots.
That’s what the fight is all about. McGregor needs to get Mayweather to fight out of control long enough for him to and one of his big left hand shots. If McGregor can stun Mayweather a little, then he can try and finish him off with one of his big left hand power shots. It’s a move that will likely fail on McGregor’s part, but it’s probably the only chance he has of winning. If Mayweather stays calm and doesn’t lose his cool to the things that McGregor is saying and doing, then this fight is going to end up being a one-sided mismatch.
McGregor and Mayweather will both wind up with over $100 million for their fight. It’s unreal how much money the two fighters will take for a fight that is more of a circus event than a true fight.
The Irishman McGregor will be making his pro debut on August 26 against Mayweather. McGregor is having well known referee Joe Cortez work his sparring session.
“What I’m doing with the sparring sessions, we try to do everything to simulate the real fight from the instructions at the beginning to everything that goes on in a real fight,” said Cortez to the mirror.co.uk. “He has been doing very well. I was pretty impressed with everything he knows. We’re going to practice everything. If he scores a knockdown, he has to go to a neutral corner. He has to understand that there could be more than three knockdowns in a round, and teach him that there’s a mandatory eight count.”
Cortez was the referee for Mayweather’s fight against Victor Ortiz that ended with Mayweather sucker punching Ortiz in the 4th round. Cortez was looking at the timekeeper and didn’t see Mayweather nail Ortiz with a left-right combination a fraction of a second after he hugged Mayweather to let him know that he was sorry for head-butting him. When Ortiz pulled away from hugging Mayweather, he was nailed with a rapid fire combination from the “Money” man. It looked like a cheap shot in the mind of a lot of boxing fans. Ortiz fell over on the canvas and the fight was stopped. it was ugly end to the fight.