If you are doubting Conor McGregor’s chances of beating Floyd Mayweather in his professional boxing debut on August 26, you must stop and listen to his SBG teammate Paddy Holohan.
The Hooligan, himself a former UFC flyweight who fought out of McGregor’s Dublin based SBG Concorde, has given an extraordinary breakdown of the fight in an interview with former Irish international footballer Kevin Kilbane for Newstalk’s ‘Off The Ball’.
Holohan is of the belief that ‘The Notorious’ has every chance in the world of not only hanging with the undefeated master tactician that is Mayweather for a number of rounds, which many critics would deem as a successful showing for the ‘champ champ’, but that he will be the first man to beat Floyd.
In his preview of the bout, which is set to take place at 154 lbs, scheduled for 12 rounds in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, the Tallaght native urges doubters of MMA’s biggest star to reconsider their standpoint, stating that it is simply naive to rule out a McGregor win.
In the clip below, Holohan explains how the subtraction of the elements of mixed martial arts such as kicks, elbows, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, etc. will work to the advantage of Conor, who only has to focus on the art of pure striking. For the UFC lightweight champion, who has “dynamite in his hands”, another night of proving doubters wrong and shocking the world beckons come fight night on August 26.
His technical breakdown of the matchup against the 40-year-old seeking to extend his squeaky clean record to 50-0 is fascinating. The retired 29-year-old has one of the finest analytical minds in the fight game today, it is fair to say.
He explains why being a southpaw will work in Conor’s advantage, why his precision, timing and raw size and strength all matched with his indestructible self belief and bulletproof mental frame will see him disrupt the landscape of combat sports with a victory.
Check out the Hooligan’s top class analysis for yourself here: