The former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden has reposted footage of the time that he shared the boxing ring with Conor McGregor following the announcement that the Irishman will be taking on the legendary Floyd Mayweather in August.
I feel as though the world of combat sports will forever remember the week of Monday the 12th of June, 2017 as the week where everything changed.
On Wednesday, it was announced to the world that the UFC’s lightweight champion Conor McGregor was now signed on to make his pro-boxing debut against the legendary former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather on August 26th.
The buzz that this contest has managed to generate in the few days since has many already speculating that it could, in fact, be the event that smashes the seemingly unsmashable PPV records that Mayweather was able to achieve when he took on Manny Pacquiao back in 2015. The pair managed to generate a whopping 4.6 million pay-per-view buys and though the bout itself was largely criticized when the twelve rounds were through, the heights it was able to reach from a financial perspective have singled it out into a league of its own in the time since.
Not many people are expecting a fight between McGregor and Mayweather to be competitive, though. The Irishman’s skills as a boxer are, of course, elite within the world of mixed martial arts but apart from his amateur years, he holds absolutely zero experience on a pro-level.
Mayweather – in the eyes of many – is seen as the very best boxer of his generation and there is an undeniable argument for his inclusion in the greatest-of-all-time discussion. At 49 wins he has been nothing short of flawless thus far and though many have pointed to his age and possible ring-rust as a factor, the idea of seeing a pro-debutant knock out a potential G.O.A.T is an idea that is simply too ridiculous for most to subscribe to.
One man who is in a better position than most to judge the pure-boxing skills of McGregor is the South-African former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden, who sparred with Conor during the preparation for his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz in August of last year.
The pairing of van Heerden with McGregor was one that was not without its turbulent times after the McGregor camp posted an edited version of the duo’s sparring session that perhaps glossed over some of the Notorious One’s less-than-stellar moments but after a brief moment of outrage from van Heerden, the supposed ‘beef’ was squashed.
Now, following the announcement of what could well be the most extravagant and explosive event in the history of combat sports, van Heerden has taken to his official Twitter page to remind the world of why he feels that McGregor’s skills will be no match for Floyd, something he accompanied with a video showing his own best moments in that now infamous sparring session they shared back in the summer of last year.
People telling me Mayweather will have his hands full trying to land on McGregor -STOP IT! I respect McGregor BUT i ain't Floyd and i landed pic.twitter.com/gd4dFi3XUU
— Chris van Heerden (@TheHeat001) June 14, 2017
The 1's hating on me REMEMBER Conor's team released edit footage FIRST they leaked it! What i do now is standing up for boxing/boxers #fair
— Chris van Heerden (@TheHeat001) June 16, 2017
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena