Mayweather vs. McGregor, Lopsided Fight

VIA ESPN:   It's  the best boxer of his generation, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs),  against a mixed-martial artist with no professional boxing record  whatsoever, Conor McGregor. Who will emerge on top in the spectacle of  the year? ESPN's boxing and MMA experts, Dan Rafael and Brett Okamoto,  agree: it's going to be a looooooong night for the brawler from Dublin.


DAN RAFAEL: Floyd Mayweather epitomizes the art of boxing: to hit and not get hit.  At the time of his 2015 retirement, Mayweather owned a boxing-best  plus-24.5 plus/minus rating, per CompuBox. He landed 43.4 percent of his  punches, while opponents landed only 18.9 percent. Advantage: FloydBRETT OKAMOTO: Conor McGregor's takedown defense is pretty good,  but that won't help him here, will it? Frankly, striking defense is not  what he's known for. According to FightMetric, McGregor has defended  just 57 percent of strikes during his UFC career, worst of any current  male champ. Advantage: Floyd

ENDURANCED: Mayweather has only 26 knockouts in 49 fights, so he goes 12  rounds as easily as the rest of us breathe. He's breezed through 12  rounds in his past seven fights and 12 of his past 14. Since his 17th  fight, every bout but one has been set for the championship distance. Advantage: FloydB: One could easily argue McGregor is the most ferocious  first-round fighter in MMA. He has finished about half of his pro bouts  inside the opening round. As impressive as that is, it's a potential  concern here. He has fought past the third round only once. Advantage: Floyd

Floyd  Mayweather Jr.'s speedy reflexes have historically made it difficult  for opponents to connect punches. Here, Canelo Alvarez throws a jab at  Mayweather during their 2013 bout. AP Photo/Eric Jamison

DURABILITYD: Only a few times has Mayweather even been shaken, notably  against Shane Mosley and Marcos Maidana. Officially, he's been knocked  down only once, when the referee blew a call in a 2001 fight against  Carlos Hernandez. Advantage: FloydB: The Irishman has a beard on him, no doubt. Nate Diaz hit  McGregor 166 times, and he didn't go down. The heavy-hitting Chad Mendes  blasted him in 2015, but he wore it fine. He's not invincible, but he  can take a punch. He's also the younger, bigger man in this matchup. Advantage: McGregor


D: In his younger days, Mayweather was known as one of the fastest  fighters in boxing with his hands and his feet. He's 40 now, but even in  his final fight before retirement in 2015, Mayweather's speed and  reflexes in throwing and avoiding punches remained elite. Advantage: FloydB: McGregor is a gifted athlete, but his speed is by deception.  After the Jose Aldo knockout, he famously said "precision beats power,  and timing beats speed." He doesn't have blazing hands and feet; he's  fast because he lives in your head and already knows your next move. Advantage: Floyd

Punch  power is the one area where both our experts give Conor McGregor the  edge. Here, he strikes Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event last  year. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

POWERD: If there's one area in which Mayweather is just a regular  fighter, it's power. His KO rate is a middling 53 percent. He hasn't  scored a KO since a controversial fourth-round stoppage of Victor Ortiz  in 2011. But power has never been Mayweather's game and never will be. Advantage: McGregorB: In March, McGregor posted an Instagram photo of his left  hand. The caption: "This left hand made me millions." Yes, it did. More  than 
85 percent of his wins are by knockout. He won both of his UFC  titles, plus a U.K.-based Cage Warriors championship, via knockout. Advantage: McGregor

EXPERIENCED: Mayweather has seen it all. As a gifted amateur, he won a  bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics after being robbed in the semifinals.  As a pro, he's faced almost every big name of his time and done so in  the crucible of the sport's biggest stage. Advantage: FloydB: McGregor's fighting roots are in boxing, in Ireland's Crumlin  Boxing Club. He's always had comfort in the pocket, which he credits to  his amateur boxing. That said, he's agreed to rules vastly different  from those in his own arena. He's also facing one of the best ever. Advantage: Floyd

AND THE WINNER IS....D: Easy work for Mayweather, who'll see what McGregor has for a  few rounds and then pick him apart. He'll get inside a tiring McGregor's  wild shots and KO him in about Round 7.B: Pressure on Mayweather to win big plus McGregor's willingness  to take chances should equal a rare Mayweather stoppage. Mayweather KO  in the 11th round.

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