Sky Sports boxing expert and former cruiserweight champion tells us how he thinks the MMA fighter can shock the boxing world
IT’S a contest that merges the two leading combat sports together.
For years UFC fans have claimed they possess the best fighters.
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The boxing crowd have always thought the opposite.
Now some pundits and bookmakers believe boxing rookie McGregor will not land a single glove on Mayweather across the 12 rounds.
I don’t believe that. I am from a gym of unorthodox fighters. McGregor will land a shot or two because he is such an awkward switch hitter.
Ideally, McGregor has to create chaos and fury within the mind of Mayweather.
He has to get the American thinking: ‘I don’t have an idea what he’s going to do next.
And here is how the MMA superstar can do it against the undefeated American in Las Vegas tonight.
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Rough him up on the inside
WORKING on the inside will favour McGregor more than Mayweather.
This is the craft of MMA. This is their art. Mayweather likes to get comfortable, so he can slip a shot.
McGregor has to get up close and personal. Push him down. Lean on him.
Use every trick in the book to gain an advantage.
The Irishman must try and keep this man in the middle of the ring, keep him angry and p****d off.
Even disrespect him to the point where Mayweather complains to the referee.
Keep him in the centre of the ring
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ONE of the key tactics in the contest is for McGregor to keep bringing Mayweather into the centre of the ring.
As you get older your legs become more tired. McGregor needs to keep Mayweather, who is now 40, away from the ropes, make him use his legs — tire him out.
It is imperative that he does not let the legendary American get comfortable or allow him to bounce off the ropes and time his shots.
Mayweather needs to be forced to work for McGregor to prevail.
Unload the big left hand
McGREGOR has a powerful left hand and somehow he needs to entice Mayweather on to his counter-shot then hit him with a timed punch.
The man from Dublin is adept at switching his stance and his unorthodox style can disrupt his rival.
McGregor is a big puncher in the world of UFC with four-ounce gloves.
It will be interesting to see how he translates that power when he wears boxing gloves.
Nonetheless, I expect McGregor will land a shot or two on Mayweather.
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