Right now, lightweight contender Al Iaquinta can usually be found doing two things-- raging against the UFC or selling real estate.
When he is not doing either of those, the lightweight contender is making his feelings known on who will win the super fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
“The reason I’m giving McGregor a chance is because he’s defied the odds – he’s backed up everything he says,” Iaquinta said on MMA Junkie Radio. “The first time, you doubt him. The second time, you doubt him. The third time, you know, wherever we’re at right now, he’s talked a lot of shit and he’s backed it up. Honestly, I hope he goes out there and I hope he shocks the world. I hope he does. I think it will be a great story. And Floyd Mayweather owes me a couple of grand from that (expletive) ticket I bought. It was the worst fight ever.”
Iaquinta has only fought once in the last two years, which was a victory over Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 108.
The lightweight fighter also believes that it is going to be Mayweather’s ability to slow down the fight that could play a factor.
“(McGregor)’s got the ability to surprise a lot of people,” Iaquinta said. “He’s been doing it since Day 1. I don’t think anyone’s in the position to doubt the guy. On the other hand, he’s fighting Floyd, who’s the best of the best. So, defensively, I think (Mayweather) can slow that fight down. He can make it a decision, doesn’t get hit, makes it look easy – doesn’t even really break a sweat kind of thing. I think that’s probably how it goes.”
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.