Mayweather vs McGregor analysis: Boxing legend not counting out Conor
Although most boxing experts aren’t giving MMA superstar Conor McGregor a chance to defeat former pound for pound king and legend Floyd Money Mayweather, a few are bucking the trend.
Enter heavyweight legend Larry Holmes.
An all-time great who fought in the 70s, 80s and 90s, one would think the 'old school' Holmes would be 'going to bat' for Floyd but that's not necessarily the case.
Earlier this week, Holmes discussed Mayweather vs McGregor on the Bald Faced Truth radio show (weekdays 12-30p on 102.9-FM and 750-AM).
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"Don't sell McGregor short," Holmes said on Tuesday.
"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."
Interesting... Not the analysis one would expect from an ex-fighter as accomplished as Holmes. 'All he has to do is get him in the corner and bang him?'
As you know Larry, that's much easier said than done. Floyd isn't easy to corner and it's quite difficult to land on him cleanly if you're a polished pro let alone a novice.
"[Floyd is] going to tie him up and try to hit him on the break... (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."
And Larry makes a fine point. Due to his incentive via the money factor, his athleticism and his high level of preparation, McGregor will probably enter the ring capable of defeating a few boxing professionals far more seasoned than himself.
He's had top-notch sparring partners (at least one) thus far and can afford the best equipment and facilities.
Can McGregor defeat some boxers without deep amateur pedigrees who are 5,6 and 7-0 as pros?
Holmes added, "These guys are fighting for the big goal. They like to win. They want to win. They want to be called champ."
"But winning the fight doesn't make you a champion. How you win makes you a champion. How you act outside of the ring makes you a champion."
Are Holmes's comments about McGregor's chances fueled by the former's perceived disdain for Floyd due to the latter's lavish lifestyle and arrogance?
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In 2014, Holmes told Sky Sports:
"The story with Mayweather interests me more than his fighting because he is crazy."
"No, [he will not keep his money]."
"Money don't have no friends because when people are rich their eyes see things that they don't really need...like Mayweather. And like Larry Holmes even."
Holmes, a hall of famer whose left jab was one of the best weapons in the heavyweight history, is considered an all-time great.