"Manny Pacquiao would knock Conor McGregor out much sooner than Floyd Mayweather Jr. did for sure," insists expert MMA and Boxing trainer
Despite being somewhat of a mythical match-up between an MMA champion and a boxing world champion, a potential event pitting Manny Pacquiao against Conor McGregor is currently being discussed quite a bit.
Although most boxing fans recognize the massive disparity in levels of ring IQ and experience within the squared circle, fans of the octagon aren't so convinced that their favorite Irishman can't dethrone the current Super WBA Welterweight champion in a boxing match.
To get a somewhat neutral perspective on the much talked about match-up, a fight trainer who currently teaches the finer points of MMA, kickboxing and pugilism recently chimed in on the reality of such a pairing.
"I like what Conor's been doing lately," stated MMA and boxing trainer Dewey Cooper to 'Little Giant Boxing' last week. "It seems that he's started taking accountability and responsibility for his actions. I like what he's been saying in his most recent interviews about not drinking for 4 or 5 months, and really focusing in on training and living a more simple and positive lifestyle."
"Conor has ability, and he's a wonderful mixed martial artist. But there's no way he's going to get into the ring with a vicious puncher who has an off-rhythm style like Manny Pacquiao...you can't beat him unless you're a high-class, world champion level boxer."
The 45-year-old former cruiserweight understands how long it takes to learn the "sweet science", as well as the time it takes to fully understand and develop the nuances of kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
"The Black Kobra" would never encourage any boxing novice to enter a ring with a prizefighter who possesses world-class skills and experience...even one as well-conditioned and athletic as Conor McGregor.
Cooper believes the outcome would be brutal and glaringly one-sided...especially against boxing's only eight-division world champion.
"Everyone thinks that because he's a senator and a devout Christian that he's not a beast anymore. I think that's the wrong guy for Conor to be barking up his tree."
"Manny Pacquiao is a monster. You saw that when he dropped Thurman in the first round. If he gets on Conor and hurts him, he's going to finish him early. Pacquiao doesn't play around."
In his most recent effort within the professional ring, the Filipino legend not only defeated the formerly undefeated and much younger reigning titleholder, Keith "One Time" Thurman, but dropped and stunned the 31-year-old puncher within the first three minutes of action. At age 41, Manny Pacquiao proved that he can still compete at the highest level of the sport and deserves to be mentioned among the all-time greats of boxing.
"Keith Thurman is an excellent boxing champion, and he didn't have what it takes to beat Manny. There is no way anyone in mixed martial arts could get in there with Manny Pacquiao right now and give him a run for his money."
Dewey Cooper has personal experience going head to head with the "Pac-Monster" and understands completely what the iconic southpaw brings to the squared circle.
"I had Jessie Vargas in tip-top shape when he fought Manny Pacquiao in 2016, and we were right there in that fight. Jessie fought well, but he's a lifetime boxer and two-time world champion. He's an experienced boxer with a great chin who fights at the championship world-class level, and he couldn't beat the Pacman."
"Conor doesn't have those kinds of accolades. He's not ready to step in the ring with any boxing world champion, especially one as tenacious as Manny Pacquiao."
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Of course, fans of Conor McGregor like to argue that when faced head to head with Floyd Mayweather Jr. over two years ago, the scrappy Irish UFC star landed more punches against the best defensive fighter in boxing than Manny did when he faced him back in 2015.
Cooper understands what truly happened throughout the ten rounds that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. shared together, and insists that it wouldn't be the same if pitted against Manny Pacquiao...even with an ostensive advantage in age, size, and strength.
"Pacquiao is knocking Conor out much sooner than Floyd did for sure, because Floyd carried him," claims the experienced fight trainer. "He really had no shot against Floyd, and he really has no shot against Manny."
"Hopefully it happens so Pacquiao can make a boatload of money, and Conor can make a boatload of money. But Pacquiao would easily and quickly knock-out Conor McGregor."
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