UFC 205 is just around the corner and Conor McGregor is wrapping up his training camp in Dublin before he heads to New York to try and make history by becoming a simultaneous two-weight UFC champion.
As he gets ready to face off against the lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, a long running on/off story that has raged for months has, once again, returned to the spotlight, if only for a fleeting moment.
Following the Irishman’s 13 second decimation of Jose Aldo last December for the featherweight title and the cancelled lightweight title fight with Rafael dos Anjos back in March, a potential cross-sport fight between McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, has been touted.
At times it appeared the fight might actually happen, with both sides seemingly keen, provided the money was right. For MMA and boxing fans, the idea of a cross code clash was simply too problematic from a regulations perspective. Sure enough, no fight has happened.
Now, just as a McGregor – Mayweather super fight disappeared into memory, former two-weight boxing champion Robert Guerrero believes that Mayweather would be a scary proposition in the smaller, lighter MMA glove.
Having previously faced and lost to the unbeaten American, Guerrero claims, via Bloody Elbow,
“Maybe the smaller gloves? That’ll make Floyd even deadlier and more quick. I think … shit, McGregor’s nowhere near Floyd’s speed. Put him in some small gloves, it’s gonna be beyond.”
He also pointed out that he didn’t believe ‘Money’ would entertain the notion of partaking in an MMA bout,
“I don’t think Floyd would go for something like that, especially (with) knees and elbows.”
Conor McGregor is known for his speed, his movement and his power. Guerrero’s assertions therefore make the idea of a clash with Mayweather all the more enticing.
While nobody really expects to see the two come together in the ring, or octagon, we may be left to merely imagine how such a fight would go.
For what it matters, who would you pick?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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