I know what my opinion is, but how do MMA stars and/or famous boxers feel about the potential bout between McGregor and Mayweather? Oscar De La Hoya said last week that he believes a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor could kill the sport of boxing. De La Hoya said he was unsure if the sport would ever recover from what he deemed a circus fight. Not everything in boxing has that sentiment, though. Roy Jones Jr. told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has no issue with Mayweather vs. McGregor and will surely watch it himself. This is a man who knows boxing and he knows exactly why it’s going to happen. “Floyd is in the business of knowing what people want to see and he gives them what they want to see,” Jones Jr. said.
“And they pay for it, because it’s what they want to see. So why would they not do that? It would be crazy not to do that.” ~ Roy Jones Jr.
Mayweather was not the first boxer to be interested in stepping into the ring with an MMA fighter. It’s not a particularly original idea. In fact, Jones Jr. had it first. He’s been wanting to face Anderson Silva, and has said so publicly, for the better part of a decade. Silva had a desire to do this, too, but it never worked out between the two parties and the UFC. Like McGregor, Silva is under UFC contract and wouldn’t be able to go off and box on his own without approval. McGregor is getting that to face Mayweather, though the UFC will be in on the revenue from the mega bout. “Being a fighter, I can’t hate on neither side, because I understood why they want to do it and I wanted to do the same thing,” Jones Jr. said. “Me and Anderson wanted to do the same thing a couple years ago.
Jones Jr., 48, is also a boxing analyst for HBO and he breaks down Mayweather vs. McGregor like this: McGregor might have a puncher’s chance, like anyone who steps into a fight, but he’s vastly outgunned by the 49-0 Mayweather. There’s no replacement for the kind of seasoning and polish Mayweather has, Jones Jr. said. McGregor has only amateur boxing matches under his belt.
I have also shared this sentiment. I am a Conor fan but there is no way he can beat Mayweather outside of getting a lucky punch in. Mayweather is known for his slick defense so getting a lucky punch in on him is even less likely than other boxers.
“I think that Conor is smart to do it though.”
It is my opinion that in MMA you should make as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. There are other careers that pay handsomely and you don’t sacrifice your body or your dignity (when suffering a nasty highlight reel type loss). Again, more power to Conor and I hope he at least lands some good shots. I feel that it will be a hugely one-sided fight considering the seasoning Mayweather has and the advantage any boxer has over an MMA fighter. After all, Conor isn’t fighting a good pro boxer, he is fighting one of the best pro boxers in the rich history of the sport of boxing. No doubt about that, even from the Floyd haters. I want to see it and I’m sure millions of other people do as well.