While few give Conor McGregor a chance to win against Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, some have tried to determine what gives McGregor the best chance. UFC Tonight host Kenny Florian’s advice, however, doesn’t deal with in-ring action.
The retired UFC fighter, who competed on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, feels McGregor should do what he does best — get in the head of Mayweather.
"I think honestly the best thing that Conor could do is what he does outside of the ring, outside of the cage, and that is get inside the head of Floyd Mayweather," Florian said on a recent episode. "Get him emotional, get him leaping in, that’s when Conor gets the knockouts.
"Everyone talks about the power of Conor, absolutely I’m sure he hits very hard, but he gets guys lunging in. He gets guys emotional. He gets them doing things they don’t normally do and that’s what he needs to do against Floyd. I don’t know if Floyd’s dealt with someone who talks trash like Conor McGregor and gets you emotional like Conor McGregor."
Of course, McGregor won’t get the win based on psychological games alone. When the bell rings and the two face off, McGregor still needs to find a way to lay some damage in on the 49-0 boxing icon.
Many in the MMA community know about McGregor’s power, and some boxing experts respect it. But Florian suggests, if it has to come to it, that McGregor maybe try some dirty boxing.
"The other thing he could do is try to get nasty," Florian said. "Get a little rough, get into the clinch, tire out those arms by doing maybe what Rocky Marciano used to do, which is beat up the arms a little bit, get those tired, clinch him up, try to tire him out.
"Do something unusual."