Chuck Liddell doesn’t believe Floyd Mayweather will come out guns blazing when he faces Conor McGregor next month. But, the former UFC champ believes Mayweather needs to do so, if he hopes to make some sort of statement in the highly anticipated, boxing match.
McGregor and Mayweather will box on August 26th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best boxers of this generation, and McGregor has no pro-boxing bouts on his record, the latter is a sizeable underdog.
Well, recently TMZ caught up with Liddell, and of course, they wanted to get “The Iceman’s” thoughts on Mayweather – McGregor. Here is some of what the legendary fighter and feared slugger had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I don’t think it’s gonna be that exciting of a fight. I don’t think Floyd will come after him. Floyd will fight his fight the way he does and normally that makes for a boring fight. I’d love to see him go after [Conor]. If he wants to make a statement, he’s got to knock him out early.”
“If Floyd comes after him, [Conor] has a shot to do it but I don’t think Floyd will come after him. Floyd will be happy just making the money and running around.”
Liddell makes a good point. When you consider Mayweather’s status in the boxing world, and what he’s accomplished, if he wants to make a definitive statement an early KO is required. Even if he stops McGregor in one of the late rounds, there’s no doubt that he’ll take some heat from some pundits in the boxing world.
But, as Liddell also noted, it’s hard to imagine Mayweather abandoning his style for this fight, even if McGregor will be making his pro-boxing debut. Mayweather put together an historic, 49-0 record via his defensive skills and footwork. Not by taking out opponents with ferocious punching power or aggression.