Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes believes Conor McGregor has a good chance to win against Floyd Mayweather.
If the combat sports world were asked about how Conor McGregor would do against Floyd Mayweather, a huge majority of them would likely give him no chance. Others have even predicted a knockout from Floyd Jr., who has not legitimately finished any opponent since 2007.
Former heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes, however, is not one of them. In fact, the “Easton Assassin” believes McGregor does not need to exert that much effort to earn the victory.
“Don’t sell McGregor short,” Holmes said on Tuesday’s interview at the Bald Faced Truth Radio Show (via the Oregon Live). “He doesn’t have to do too much to win. All he has to do is get him in the corner and bang him. Put his hands up over his head, get down low, keep coming in and throw punches once you get him against the ropes.”
Holmes also gave some pieces of advice for McGregor on how to deal with Mayweather’s strategy. But overall, he believes that the money on the table and everything that comes with beating boxing’s “best ever” would fuel McGregor to victory.
“He’s going to tie him up and try to hit him on the break,” Holmes explained. “(McGregor has to) put his hands up, stay right on top of him and keep him from hitting him. It’s going to be an interesting fight. People are selling (McGregor) short. This guy is an athlete. He sees a lot of money, and he sees a medal on his chest if he can get over this hump.”
Mayweather vs. McGregor happens in 17 days, on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.