On August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will compete for a very lucrative fight according to the rules of noble art.
But the Irishman can’t use some of the techniques that he often uses in MMA, and that increases the chances of Floyd’s Victory.
Of course, Floyd is THE big favorite, simply because his boxing record in English is 49-0, and that of McGregor 0-0. Let’s not forget, Mayweather vs. McGregor will be the first professional English boxing fight for the Irishman McGregor.
Advantages & Strong Points of Mayweather over McGregor
Control of the confrontation
Mayweather is a master when it comes to managing distance and space. Very often, the distance he maintains allows him to see very easily the blows coming. Sounds sense of timing is at its peak when it controls the distance with its opponent. In general, it needs a good distance.
Retraction of bust and counter with the cross of the right
This is Floyd’s favorite punch and his most effective shot. He likes to use long jabs in the belly or face to keep his comfort zone, but his great strength comes from his right cross. He particularly likes to use it against, because his head movement backward allows him to generate more explosiveness and speed in the strike.
If you look at his fight against Pacquiao, he has very few times used his right arm to attack. And if he did, it was rather in the stomach. An ingenious game plan to avoid exchange with Manny. Against McGregor, he will not hesitate to send his cross off the right way more offensive if he sees the possibilities.
Style and distance adaptable
Mayweather knows how to impose his style, as we have seen, but he knows how to adapt it to his opponent. The distance he managed to keep in front of Manny Pacquiao was not the same as the one he used against Zab Judah, and the rest of other boxers he has fought with. He who used to box long distance for security is a new proof of his intelligence and his lucidity of combat.
Mayweather’s great strength comes from his combat reading and his ability to impose his style. We saw him in front of Manny Pacquiao. We had the impression of seeing Pacquiao borrowed, and that’s what it was. Why? Because he did not succeed in imposing his style of combat. It was Floyd, who managed to keep his safety distance and place his counters.
He has a good stretch and in general, he tries to use it. That is, he tries to create a fighting distance that benefits his long arms. He maintains this abyss through perfectly executed jabs. He uses all sorts of jabs, pretending, jabs elongated, jabs to blind, others to stop in the belly. Thanks to this mastery of the jab.
As soon as he finds himself midway, Floyd recomposes his guard and becomes very hermetic by taking support on his back leg and using his left shoulder to protect his jaw, his left arm protecting his stomach.
Once Mayweather squeezed from close range, he uses back and side dodges to inhibit the offensives of his opponents. Once his opponent has completed his sequencing or put a break in his strike frequency, he comes out of the danger zone with lateral chases or a pivot.
His small details, which the American champion has mastered to perfection have made him invincible throughout his career. But as Sun Tzu said, “Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.“
Mayweather vs. McGregor will run according to the rules of English boxing, which deprives Conor of nearly 80% of his fighting arsenal. But apparently, the Irish loves the challenges.