Unsurprisingly, opinions continue to be all over the place for a potential cross-sport super-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Many feel that the bout is a complete mismatch and understandably so but there is a growing contingent of onlookers that feel McGregor has to tools to trouble the undefeated boxer. Though aware of Mayweather's boxing prowess, beloved UFC color commentator seems to be a part of the latter group.
“Mayweather is a way better boxer. There’s just no doubt about it. He’s one of the greatest boxers, if not the greatest boxer that has ever lived. And even though he’s smaller, you’re talking about a completely different level of skill, a completely different level of understanding of the subtle nuances of boxing," Rogan said on a recent episode of his podcast. "But that said, Conor McGregor is not incompetent. He’s very dangerous. Floyd Mayweather’s a way better boxer, but Conor McGregor is dangerous as f**k and he has a really deceptive ability to move in and move out. He can cover distance very quickly and he can do so in a weird way. . . But if Floyd can figure him out and start using his jab and using his movement – see, Floyd has traditionally had problems with southpaws but he’s never lost to one. And we’re talking about professional boxers.”
Rogan is clearly hesitant to doubt the transcendent McGregor though, "That’s a freak athlete and those come along and when those come along, if they’re smart too, and then they’re really good at learning the sport too, a lot of people are f**ked. And that’s where Conor McGregor is. He’s a freak athlete in the sense that he has what Firas Zahabi . . . he calls it the ‘touch of death.’ That’s the best way to describe it. He just zaps people. Mayweather’s a way better boxer but the consequences of Conor hitting you should be greater . . . If it was a fight, it would be 100 million to one that Conor would f**k him up”.
It's hard to argue with any of these assessments but whilst McGregor has been incredible in the UFC thus far, on paper this does seem a bridge too far. Either way, if this fight does indeed come together there's no doubt that it will do spectacular business on every level and likely break records in the process.
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