Talk about the proposed boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has been gaining more steam as of late, with the UFC champion flying into Las Vegas reportedly to try and get the fight booked.
While many believe the fight will not be competitive, Boxing analyst Teddy Atlas said that doesn’t matter to McGregor as he is likely to cheat and just use the bout to build his brand.
“If McGregor really can’t win the fight standing up, under (boxing) rules — and those would be the rules — then why would he take it? Because he would break the rules,” Atlas told ESPN.
“He would come in there, he would break the rules, he would pin pin him, and then he would proclaim himself as the ‘king of the ring’. Even though he might lose the purse money, his brand would go through the roof.
“He’s a promotional genius, just like Floyd is, just like Muhammad Ali was,” he said. “Nobody is thinking of that part of it. Floyd, before he puts his John Hancock on any contract, he better think that part of it.”
The two-division Mixed Martial Arts champ in McGregor had spoken about allowing Mayweather to have those rules to “protect” him, as he really wouldn’t stand a chance in a real fight.
“He’s not trying to have a real fight. He needs rules to protect him. I don’t need rules. So he can say he’s this and he’s that, but in reality, he’s scared sh-tless,” McGregor said. “Let’s just say we fight. It’d be the easiest fight ever.”
McGregor would be disqualified and likely fined if he does break the rules, but Atlas would be right in saying that outcome would be better for McGregor’s brand than simply getting outclassed by the boxer. So if the fight does push through, and it starts to be the one-sided boxing match everyone predicts it to be, will McGregor resist the urge to just throw a kick, an elbow or even a submission in there?