Though many in the world of boxing are greeting the potential bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather with an upturned nose and a derisive snort, The Notorious certainly isn’t among those of little faith, who believe that the fight would be akin to a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Indeed, while ringside to support his fellow countryman Michael Conlan on his professional debut, McGregor had a few things to say to his detractors, those who doubt his ability to hang with Floyd in the ring. With typical braggadocio and bombast, McGregor reserved a certain contempt for his boxing contemporaries, telling an ESPN reporter, “You’re the boxing guy? I’m the boxing guy. Watch me take over boxing.”
It seems that McGregor is hell-bent on not only making the Mayweather bout a reality, but also delivering what would be one of the most shocking victories that combative sports has ever seen over the undefeated boxer.
As many in the world of boxing have noted, Mayweather has faced some of the quickest, hardest-hitting opponents in his weight class over the course of his long and storied career, and most have barely been able to lay a glove on him, such is his defensive prowess. If Mayweather’s reputation has been at all besmirched down the years, it is because some have perceived him to be ducking dangerous opponents while they were in their prime – take Manny Pacquiao as the prime example here – instead looking for the big pay-day and the untainted win record.
There is no doubt that McGregor is firmly in his fighting prime, and represents a potentially lethal opponent for Mayweather. The only problem is, the pair fight in two completely different arenas. Mayweather is capable of generating more revenue than McGregor, is arguably a bigger draw for pay-per-viewers and is not under contract like McGregor is with the UFC, so the fight, if it does come to fruition, it will be fought in a boxing ring.
So does this mean that there is no hope for Conor?
He will certainly believe that he can win the fight – what makes Floyd such a tantalising opponent for McGregor is the notion that one well connected, full-bloodied punch could be enough to bring about victory, and no-one could say that McGregor isn’t committed enough to training, after his long time coach, John Kavanagh divulged details of the pair’s master plan to defeat Money Mayweather himself.
At an event in Sydney, Kavanagh told fans that the fight is “happening, 100%” and disclosed some astonishing details of McGregor’s commitment to wining.
“Before I came out here I had a sit down with Conor and we [put in place] a training plan. Right now he’s doing base level cardio so that when I get back we can go into specific training. We have a ‘secret dojo’ set up with a championship – level boxing ring that will exactly mirror the situation when it happens.”
Here comes the remarkable bit – Kavanagh revealed that he and McGregor plan to turn a building into a stadium, housing a boxing ring inside.
“Where my gym is, the guy who owns my gym owns the entire estate, and there’s a building – I’m kinda giving a secret away here – there’s a building at the back and he’s just going to give it to me until the fight is on. So we’re going to get that kitted out.
“We’re going to make it into kind of a stadium with a full sized boxing ring.”
Many will believe that McGregor will have to go the extra mile to even make the fight remotely competitive, but it is appeared he is prepared to do just that in his pursuit of what would be an unprecedented victory.
Mayweather would go into the bout a heavy favourite, and McGregor would surely need a knockout to win the fight – the notion of him outpointing Floyd is ludicrous – almost as ludicrous as the amount of money both men would stand to make from their exploits.