Even though the rumored boxing match between UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr is far from happening, many pundits from the boxing and MMA world have voiced their opinions on the matter.
We can now add UFC commentator Joe Rogan to the list, as he details just how the UFC veteran can beat the boxing great.
“There’s something about [Conor McGregor]. I’m telling you, there’s something about that dude. He’s got something going on. He’s got a little something extra special but he would need everything to line up. Mayweather would have to dismiss him as a threat. He’d have to not train hard enough, he’d have to not seriously consider the possibility that Conor connects on him and knocks him out. Conor would have to do some roughhousing. He’d have to hold him in the clinch. He’d have to hold him and hit him. He’d have to try and get off as many shots and bully him around and wear him out. It’s a possibility. He’s a much bigger man. He’s a much bigger man. If you compare the two of them frame-wise, if they ever do do it, and they’re standing right at each other, looking down at each other doing eye-to-eye, you’re gonna go ‘oh, s**t.’ [Conor]’s a big f**k. He can make that 145-pound cut when he’s on death’s door, but Mayweather makes it easy,” Rogan said on the Joe Rogan Experience.
Rogan was at the commentary table the night McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 205, which saw McGregor use his boxing skills to land the championship. Even Rogan admits that the potential boxing match would be the biggest fight in combat sports history.
“It’s the biggest fight ever. Because it brings in two worlds. It brings in the UFC world and this one guy who’s unquestionably the biggest star in the UFC - unquestionably, by a long shot - and then you bring in a guy who has been one of the biggest money makers in the history of boxing, the only guy to go 49-0 other than Rocky Marciano. He’s right there and he’d love to break Rocky Marciano’s record,” says Rogan.
The longtime UFC commentator Rogan will be seen next at UFC 210, which will be headlined by Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.