The king is back! Floyd Money Mayweather steps into the ring this Saturday for the final time to challenge UFC superstar, Conor McGregor.
What type of Floyd will we see this weekend? Pretty Boy or Money Mayweather? Per all of the interviews and comments from his training partners, everyone is adamant that Floyd is going for the stoppage, but will we see that in this bout?
Lets take a look at Floyd’s key to victories:
No other fighter has ever come close to inflicting damage on Floyd (with the exception of Shane Mosley and maybe Marco Maidana). The key question here is if Floyd’s defense is as good as it was a few years ago, has he lost a bit of his cat-like reflexes due to age?
2. Counter Punch All Day
Conor is going to come at Mayweather aggressively. All week he has been saying that he will knock Mayweather out within a few rounds, implying the fight will be one way traffic. Floyd, presumably will have to weather the early storm, pick his spots and then counter effectively ensuring he wins each round.
3. Throw Body Shots
The one common observation that fight critics have noticed about Conor is his stance. He leaves the body wide open and is susceptible to Mayweather’s favorite shot, the jab to the body. This will be key. The more Mayweather jabs to the body, the more he will wear Conor down, which ultimately opens up other shots as well.
4. Take His Time
Conor is known to tire easily. This is the first time he will be fighting 12 rounds. UFC fights are 5 rounds. That’s amounts to an additional 11 minutes of combat in a boxing fight versus a mixed martial arts bout. When Conor goes the distance, he looks drained. If Floyd weathers the storm early and is able to take Conor into deep water, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to go for the KO.
All in all, this is going to be an exciting spectacle. Many observers have Mayweather as the clear favorite; however, this is such an intriguing fight and we don’t know what to really expect. Does Mayweather still have what it takes to get the “W” or will his age play a factor?
Our prediction: Floyd by decision, 10-2 rounds. Let us know what you think, share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.