Max Kellerman is a part of ESPN’s First Take and has also provided color commentary on countless boxing matches over the years.
When it comes to the super fight between UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, the ESPN personality says McGregor has no chance.
“No. It’s like, you know, if they were competing in the Octagon, Floyd would have no chance. They’re in a boxing ring. Conor has a zero percent chance. Precisely zero percent. They’re in a boxing ring. Conor McGregor, there’s no universe in which he can win,” Kellerman said on Desus & Mero.
McGregor has huge odds against him in the super fight, as the bout is going to mark his professional boxing debut.
Kellerman also believes that it would take many years to build up a fighter for him to have a chance against Mayweather.
“I mean, even the thought of it - if Conor McGregor was like a decorated amateur and they built him up, you know? He had a four-round fight, a six-round fight, this...then after fifteen fights he was like 14-1, and then fought a contender - even if he lost to the contender, right? But at least he held his own over ten rounds, it usually takes about 5 or 6 years to build a guy like that out of the amateurs. Then he would have a chance to win a round against someone half as good as Floyd Mayweather. But you’re gonna turn pro after not being in a boxing ring competitively for how many years? And fight one of the best pure boxers of all time? It doesn’t matter that he’s (Floyd) 40 or whatever. If he was 60 it wouldn’t matter,” says Kellerman.
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.