The UFC analyst spoke about the prospective McGregor/Mayweather fight ahead of tomorrow’s clash between Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira.
Many consider the possibility of the marquee boxing match to be a joke, with those same people understandably of the view that undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather will obliterate UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who would be making his professional boxing debut.
It’s worth remembering, however, that ‘Money’ prides himself on his defensive attributes, and only has one stoppage (the controversial Victor Ortiz finish of 2010) in almost ten years.
As Dan Hardy correctly pointed out, while McGregor likely won’t be overwhelmed in a first round finish, Floyd’s mastery of the sweet science will likely lead to a frustrating encounter for all involved, rather than an early blowout.
“It’ll be an exhibition of defensive boxing”, Hardy told UFC fans in Stockholm.
“We’ll see Mayweather dance around for twelve rounds and we’ll see McGregor get frustrated. We have to remember, Mayweather is the best defensive boxer of all time. There’s a really good interview with Andre Berto, and he talks about how Floyd fights out of a ‘defensive shell’, instead of thinking offence first, which most fighters would.
Floyd studies, watches and sees his opportunities, and he waits until the later rounds when they start to get tired and picks them off.”
McGregor’s striking prowess in the Octagon has his fans hoping that the infamous left hand gives him a punchers chance, but the reality is that the movement and set-up of the signature punch changes drastically across boxing and MMA.
“McGregor’s excellent at landing with his left hand when he can set it up with footwork and kicking. But if he keeps just throwing that overhand left over and over, Mayweather will stay out of the way, and it’ll be frustrating or us all to watch, I think.”
Hardy makes the comments from the seven minute mark.
The Berto video Hardy is referring to can be seen below, and it’s clear from the first-hand account that Berto gives that he was genuinely amazed at Floyd Mayweather’s ringcraft, despite his age (38 at the time of the fight). He corroborates Floyd’s defensive, studious nature, as his fight preparation continues in between rounds.