UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor served up some thoughts on several of the top boxers in the world.
On September 16th, precisely three weeks after UFC champion Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather Jr., the boxing world will turn its attention to the huge middleweight championship fight between Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs). If McGregor plans to rule both MMA and boxing “with an iron fist” after the Mayweather fight, perhaps Conor taking on one of Canelo or GGG is in the cards.
During last week’s media day Q&A, McGregor was asked about which boxers he likes to watch. We’ll get to his response to that a little bit later, and instead focus on the quotes about
“I’m not really too much of a fan of either of those,” McGregor said. “I think Canelo’s a little but stuck, a little bit flat on his feet. When I watch footage of him I just see him getting peppered — he has no feet under him.
“Golovkin I think came into camp, for this preparation, badly out of shape. I’m looking at him badly out of shape up in Big Bear and I just see a drained individual. So, although they’re supposedly up there as well, I don’t really think they are.”
I’ve never heard “out of shape” and “Gennady Golovkin” in the same sentence, that’s for sure.
On the flip side, he’s indeed a fan of Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko, both of whom are two-time Olympic gold medalists and are known for excellent footwork and movement, in addition to their boxing skills. McGregor would like to see the 122-pound champ Rigondeaux take on the 130-pound Lomachenko.
Conor also believes IBF junior lightweight champ Gervonta Davis, a Floyd Mayweather protege who is co-headlining the Mayweather vs. McGregor pay-per-view, is a “good, strong kid.” Historically, McGregor is also a fan of Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones Jr, Prince Naseem Hamed, Chris Eubank Sr, and Ireland’s own Bernard Dunne.
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