Joe Duffy knows more than a few things about Conor McGregor, as well as boxing, and he’s not giving the latter much of a chance against Floyd Mayweather.
The combat sports world continues to wait and see if McGregor is going to in fact, box Mayweather, but in recent weeks, more and more signs are indicating it’s definitely a possibility. So much so, recently Dana White – a guy who not long ago claimed it was more likely he’d play for the Patriots – said he thinks the fight will happen.
Well, if you’ve followed the career of Duffy, then you know that back in 2010, he submitted McGregor. You likely also know that the Irish fighter has done quite a bit of boxing, as Duffy has gone 7-0 in the sweet science. Recently Duffy was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and he was asked to weigh-in on McGregor’s chances against Mayweather, and here is some of what he had to say (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“I feel that Floyd is probably used to getting in there with bigger hitters than Conor. Boxers, them boxers really do hit (hard),” Duffy said, after noting that there’s always a “punchers chance”.
“On the scorecards, I really feel it’s a landslide towards Floyd. He’s one of the best of all time. How he made Pacquiao look — and Pacquiao is one of the best boxers we’ve seen in a long time — I think that just proves the level he’s at. Canelo’s probably a bigger hitter than Conor, (look) how he boxed him.
“… I think if he pursued boxing for a long time, he could’ve done very well, definitely, but Floyd has been doing this since he was a child. I really just can’t see it going any other way.”
Ya. This certainly seems to be the consensus. Sure, McGregor’s striking has likely improved significantly since he faced Duffy, but the latter’s assessment here likely isn’t based on their fight.
Duffy, meanwhile, showcased his boxing and then some against Reza Madadi last weekend at UFC FN 107, and earned a UD win. Hopefully at some point, we’ll see Duffy and McGregor battle in the cage again.