Despite a promise from UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor that he would not throw kicks or "go rogue" during his superfight with Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather’s assistant trainer, Nate Jones, says he’s concerned McGregor will break his word.
The superfight will be contested as a standard boxing bout, meaning McGregor will not be able to do any MMA-style actions such as throw kicks and attempt takedowns. UFC President Dana White has reportedly stated that if McGregor does break the rules and "go rogue," he will not only lose the fight, but also lose money.
But Jones is worried that just because McGregor agrees to the terms and says that promise, it doesn’t mean he won’t break it if he gets mad enough.
"One way I can see the fight ending is Floyd outboxing him, beating the crap out of him," Jones tells The Independent. "Another way I’m gonna be concerned about is when Floyd gets to a point where he frustrates him too much, McGregor’s gonna do something crazy. That’s the only thing I’m worried about."
But to give McGregor credit, Jones did recognize that McGregor possess a kind of power in his punches that could give some difficulty to the boxing icon. But, he’s ultimately no worried it will have an impact on the fight result.
"We’ve seen Sugar Shane Mosely, we seen [DeMarcus] Chop Chop Corley, we seen Zab Judah hit him with a good shot and Floyd kept going," Jones said. "You know, this guy [McGregor] might be — I think his punching power, I think he punches a little bit harder than those guys. That’s my opinion.
"I would be more concerned about this fight because Floyd’s a little older now. He’s 40 years old, McGregor has crazy weird power and he’s got weird shots from weird angles. I’m worried about that. But for my prediction in the fight, is Floyd either confusing him and frustrating him and stopping him in the later rounds or Floyd outboxing him or he doing something stupid and losing the fight. That’s my prediction."
McGregor vs. Mayweather takes place on Aug. 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.