A lot of folks, like Dana White, have been pushing the narrative that Conor McGregor has a ‘puncher’s chance’ against Floyd Mayweather, but well known boxing trainer, Teddy Atlas, doesn’t see it that way.
Even before it was confirmed that Mayweather and McGregor will box on August 26th, many argued that the latter has a chance of winning, due to his heavy left hand. The argument has been made most often by people in the MMA world, but even Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leaonard Ellerbe, has also echoed this sentiment.
Well, recently Atlas spoke with ESPN about the all-star bout. The trainer and commentator, who coached Mike Tyson in his youth, had this to say about McGregor’s chances (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It doesn’t figure to be competitive. You’ve got a guy that they’re gonna say he’s got a puncher’s chance, but he’s in there with a defensive genius. And they’re taking advantage of your imaginations. ‘Oh, he’s got a puncher’s chance.’ Guys like Maidana, Pacquiao, Canelo — they were better punches than McGregor and better fighters. They couldn’t hit him. They couldn’t hurt him. So, really a puncher’s chance? Those are words, those are words to sell the fight. But in reality, not really a puncher’s chance.”
“…At the end of the day, myself, most boxing people that have been around the business think it’s a caveman in there with a defensive genius,” Atlas said. “And usually cavemen don’t win those matches, because in this case they’re not allowed to bring a club. Even if he brought a club, you know what? There would be a lot of strikes. I don’t think that he’d be catching Floyd too easily with that.”
Of course, no one can really say that McGregor has no chance against Mayweather, as it’s a fight, and the latter could conceivably get cracked. But, when you look at this bout on ‘paper’, consider Mayweather’s abilities, the fact he’s one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time, that they’ll be wearing ten ounce gloves, and that McGregor has no pro boxing bouts, the ‘puncher’s chance’ is likely very, very, very small.