Dana White has shot down a recent report that says a boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather could be signed shortly, but the MMA world is still talking about the rumored scrap. Of course, since Mayweather and McGregor have kept the rumor mill moving, that could be why.
Recently Joe Rogan discussed the headline grabbing rumor on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience“. The UFC commentator reportedly noted that the fight might just happen, if the UFC stood to make a lot of money (which it would). Rogan also argued that since it would be a boxing match, if McGregor lost, he could still return to MMA with his status relatively intact. But, the comedian also wondered if the UFC might consider making the fight, since McGregor was taken out by Nate Diaz in March.
Whether the bout will happen aside, and most believe it won’t, what if it does? Could McGregor hang with one of the best boxers of all time? Well, the consensus is nope, and Rogan also believes the bout would likely be a mismatch (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight in MMA, Conor McGregor will f*ck him up. He will f*ck him up…But, in a boxing match, I can’t imagine a world where Floyd Mayweather doesn’t f*ck [McGregor] up. In a boxing match I think Floyd Mayweather is arguably the greatest boxer of all time…He’s just so much better. And if people don’t know, if you think you’re really good and then you get in there and box a guy like that, he will f*cking expose the sh*t out of you.
“But I mean, who knows man? One of the things we know about Conor is he has a ridiculous belief in himself and he has unbelievable power. One of the things we know about Floyd is he’s 39. So when a guy turns 39, you never know…But I can’t imagine a world where he’s not light years past Conor with boxing skill. “
Even McGregor’s biggest boosters have to concede that the featherweight champ would likely be outclassed by Mayweather in the ring. Yes, McGregor is a vicious striker, but that’s in MMA. Where takedowns, kicks, elbows, knees, the clinch etc, are all variables.
Really, you have to wonder what boxing purists and pundits will have to say if the unbelievable happens, and Mayweather fights McGregor. He took heat for fighting Andre Berto in his ‘last’ fight, and the latter has a 31-4 record in pro boxing.