Floyd Mayweather’s manager is, not surprisingly, predicting the undefeated boxer will defeat Conor McGregor on August 26th. But, that doesn’t mean he isn’t impressed with the UFC champ’s pugilistic abilities…
Since the bout was announced, McGregor has repeatedly said that he’s going to shock the world, when he throws hands with Mayweather. According to McGregor, and folks who believe he’ll either score the upset win or make the bout competitive, his unorthodox style and power will ultimately test Mayweather’s chin.
“I think he brings a lot of things to the fight,” Ellerbe said. “He has an awkward style that is kinda difficult to prepare for, and he’s very strong. He has great timing. I’m impressed.
“You gotta respect the guy. When he says he’s gonna do something, he’s been doing it. He’s not gonna do that to Floyd Mayweather, but he’s been able to do that.”
It will be fascinating to see how this all plays out come August 26th. While it’s true that McGregor’s approach will likely be something Mayweather has never, or rarely encountered in the ring, boxing purists would likely point out that the latter is one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time. So, in other words, it would be surprising if Mayweather and his team weren’t planning accordingly.
Boxing pundits might also question whether McGregor will be able to penetrate Mayweather’s defenses, without a heavy volume of punches. Assuming, of course, that McGregor mirrors his MMA style, whereby, he often looks to land one big shot, rather than flurrying in.
Mayweather – McGregor will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The upcoming bout is expected to be the highest grossing fight in combat sports history.