Striking coach Mike Winkeljohn gives his take on what Conor McGregor must do to be competitive against Floyd Mayweather.
If people would be giving Conor McGregor a chance against Floyd Mayweather, it would be because of his size, punching power, and according to UFC president Dana White, because he is a southpaw. The greater majority, on the other hand, is foreseeing an easy win for the former pound-for-pound king of boxing.
But if you were to ask renowned striking coach Mike Winkeljohn about the perfect strategy for Conor, it all comes down to creativity, and catching a defensive genius such as Mayweather off-guard.
“Oh, I think if I was to put money on it I’d put Mayweather. But I think Conor has a chance early on,” Winkeljohn said during a recent MMA Hour appearance (via MMA Fighting). “I think if Conor can come in with some different things that Floyd hasn’t seen, off-angle things that he can attack so Floyd can’t hide behind his shoulder as such, he could pull off a surprise.”
“But that would play out real quickly if Conor’s thinking those thoughts.”
Winkeljohn has no doubt that McGregor can accomplish such a task, but at the same time, he admits that it is all easier said than done.
“He’s got to come to the table with something that Floyd hasn’t seen much before, and those are the things Conor can do. Conor’s very athletic. Conor’s got a great understanding of angles and footwork,” Winkeljohn said.
“But to do those things, that takes a lot of energy. And in a world title fight do you hold back because you’re worried about running out of gas, or do you just let it go? And that’s tough,” he continued. “That’s a hard call to make on the outside, trying to figure out what’s going on in a fighter’s mind.”
The 12-round light middleweight boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor is slated for August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.