One of the indicators that you’ve become a big, big MMA star is when you start fielding questions about fighting boxing’s elite, and this is becoming the norm for Conor McGregor.
For years now, as in two decades, avid fans have understood that talented mixed-martial-artists would own world class boxers in the cage. While more people than ever before understand the differences between boxing and MMA, the likes of Ronda Rousey and McGregor still get asked about Floyd Mayweather. After all, the boxer has never been defeated and is the biggest name in combat sports.
Well, recently the renowned publication, The Guardian, recently ran a story on McGregor. During the comprehensive piece, “Notorious” was asked about Mayweather, and how he’d fare against the talented pugilist. Here is what the Irish star had to say:
“Yeah,” McGregor said, acknowledging that Mayweather would defeat him in a boxing match, “but in a real fight I would dismantle him in seconds. Ronda would dismantle him in seconds – 100%. When you don’t know how to grapple you don’t stand a chance. For us, it’s like playing with a baby. People who don’t understand the sport cannot understand how vulnerable they are. There are always clinches and Ronda is a judo Olympian. She would throw Floyd on his head in a second. Me? I would knock him out. Cold.”
“Why would he take me on?” McGregor furthered. “But if you’re talking about a fight that could generate half a billion – it’s this one. There’s never going to be another boxing fight like this. Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue. So maybe it could happen. I would certainly be up for it…”