Idris Elba is one of the most in demand actors in the moment, starring in the recently released film “The Dark Tower.”
When it comes to the upcoming super fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, the actor is going with the upset.
“Listen man, I’m gonna tell you something a little controversial. In my opinion, I think that McGregor has a really good chance of winning that fight. Here’s why, here’s why. I know it’s controversial, but listen, I have a kickboxing background. The agility of kickboxers and MMA (fighters) is very different from a boxer, OK? And I think what’s gonna happen is, is that, you know, Floyd is gonna - and I love Floyd, he’s a friend - he’s gonna fight his fight. But I think McGregor is gonna topple that, he’s gonna topple his composure, he’s gonna throw some things around that Floyd’s not gonna be used to. And the other thing about McGregor is that he can strike really, really, really quickly out of nowhere. Where I think, you know, if Floyd does what he does normally, which is just hold a tight fight, I think McGregor’s gonna topple that, strike him. If he gets one on his chin (shrugs), it could be over. Not a lot of people agree with me,” Elba said on ESPN First Take.
McGregor is a massive underdog against Mayweather, who has fought 49 more times in the boxing ring when compared to McGregor.
Elba also believes that McGregor’s knowledge of other fighting styles gives him an advantage in the super fight.
“Yeah, but you know, listen - McGregor’s not gonna go in there and try and box Floyd, he’s gonna fight Floyd. That’s a different sort of thing altogether. MMA’s mixed martial arts, so McGregor’s not just a kickboxer, he has the agility of so many different, you know, uh, disciplines. Which is what I think is going to be a disadvantage for Floyd. Floyd’ gonna try and box, uh, Colin (sic), Colin’s gonna fight Floyd. I’m telling you, I think what’s gonna happen is Floyd’s gonna end up taking off his gloves and landing one on him, really,” says Elba.
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.