Joe Rogan talks about the most hyped fight in combat sports right now: Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Although it hasn’t been announced, a boxing showdown between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is no longer a fairy tale.
The bout inches closer to reality with each passing day and many fans and fighters have gave their thoughts on the matchup and stated who they will think will win. Three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen thinks McGregor-Mayweather humiliates the sport of boxing but tweeted that the fight is ‘on’.
Connor vs Floyd is ON!
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) March 17, 2017
Longtime UFC commentator and analyst Joe Rogan, who is a fan of both McGregor and Mayweather, believes that ‘Money’s’ boxing is in a class of its own but says ‘The Notorious’ is always dangerous – even against arguably the greatest boxer in the sport.
“Mayweather is a way better boxer,” Rogan said on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, per MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “There’s just no doubt about it. He’s one of the greatest boxers, if not the greatest boxer that has ever lived. And even though he’s smaller, you’re talking about a completely different level of skill, a completely different level of understanding of the subtle nuances of boxing. But that said, Conor McGregor is not incompetent. He’s very dangerous. Floyd Mayweather’s a way better boxer, but Conor McGregor is dangerous as f—k and he has a really deceptive ability to move in and move out. He can cover distance very quickly and he can do so in a weird way. . . But if Floyd can figure him out and start using his jab and using his movement – see, Floyd has traditionally had problems with southpaws but he’s never lost to one. And we’re talking about professional boxers.”
Mayweather, who retired with a professional boxing record of 49-0 after cruising to a decision against Andre Berto in 2015, is a defensive mastermind and ends most of his fights without a scratch or bruise to his face. McGregor on the other hand, the current UFC lightweight champion, is one of the most aggressive fighters in MMA and has serious power in his left hand.
The Irishman has one of the best knockout ratios in the lightweight and featherweight divisions — 21 wins, 18 KO’s — and Rogan says that Mayweather needs to be cautious of his power.
“That’s a freak athlete and those come along and when those come along, if they’re smart too, and then they’re really good at learning the sport too, a lot of people are f—ked. And that’s where Conor McGregor is. He’s a freak athlete in the sense that he has what Firas Zahabi . . . he calls it the ‘touch of death.’ That’s the best way to describe it. He just zaps people.
“Mayweather’s a way better boxer but the consequences of Conor hitting you should be greater.”
While there has been no official announcement, McGregor told reporters last week that the fight is ‘very close’ to being finalized.