On August 26, legendary undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will emerge from his retirement to take on Conor McGregor: a mixed martial arts superstar who has never competed as a professional boxer.

While McGregor is a boundlessly talented mixed martial artist, the combination of his inexperience in the boxing ring, and Mayweather’s sparkling 49-0 record have made him a significant underdog in this fight. The vast majority of fans are picking Mayweather to defeat McGregor, and many believe he will be able to do it via knockout.

Without further ado, here are five reasons why people are so confident that Floyd Mayweather will defeat Conor McGregor:

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5 Reasons Why Floyd Mayweather Will Defeat Conor McGregor

  1. Floyd Mayweather’s More Experienced

As stated at the top of this article, Mayweather is a baffling 49-0 as a professional boxer. That’s 49 wins, and not a single loss. Furthermore, a great many of those wins have come against the sport’s premier competitors – juggernauts like Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Arturo Gatti, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao.

Conor McGregor, meanwhile, has never competed in the boxing ring. All of his combat sports experience has occurred in mixed martial arts – a totally different sport. While a McGregor win is possible, he’s simply at too much of an experiential deficit to ignore.

To expect McGregor to defeat Mayweather on the basis of his experience as a mixed martial artist is like expecting Lionel Messi to nail a slam dunk on his first try just because he also plays a sport with a ball.

  1. Floyd Mayweather is a Defensive Mastermind

Floyd Mayweather is a defensive mastermind. He is one of the most un-hittable boxers in the history of the sport, perhaps the most un-hittable boxer ever, outright. This will make his life much easier for him against McGregor, who packs enough power in his fists to knock pretty much anybody out at any given time. Mayweather has done an excellent job of avoiding the best punches of extremely experienced boxers. We can only assume, then, that he’ll be able to avoid the inexperienced McGregor’s knockout blows with relative ease.

  1. Floyd Mayweather’s Got a Good Chin

As defensively sound as Mayweather is, he does occasionally get hit. Luckily, he’s got a solid chin to fall back on when his defenses fail him. While McGregor hits absurdly hard, so to do Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao, both of whom failed to crack Mayweather’s chin and knock him out. McGregor will have a very hard time hitting Mayweather, but if he does manage to land on him, he may be surprised by how durable the undefeated great is. He will not go down easily.

  1. Floyd Mayweather Can Deal with Southpaws

When fans and pundits discuss this Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, one thing that is often brought up is the fact that Mayweather is believed to have a difficult time with southpaws – that is, boxers who lead with their right hand rather than the left. While it’s true that Mayweather has had a bit of trouble with southpaws in the past, however, he is still undefeated. No southpaw – not Manny Pacquiao, not Victor Ortiz, not Robert Guerrero – has been able to beat him. No, the key to solving the Mayweather puzzle is not simply a southpaw stance alone.

  1. Conor McGregor Won’t Get in His Head

Another advantage McGregor is believed to have is that he’s a master of mind games. Over the course of his time in the UFC, we’ve seen him rattle many opponents with his clever trash talk, most notably Jose Aldo, who become so emotionally invested in their fight that he recklessly charged in on McGregor and was knocked out as a result. From the moment this article is published to the moment he steps into the cage with Mayweather, McGregor will do everything he can to throw his foe off his game with his words.

While trash talk might work on young, rash fighters, however, it is not likely to rattle Mayweather. Mayweather is not some 20-year-old hothead. He’s a 40-year-old man who has seen pretty much everything there is to see in combat sports. That includes trash talk. As clever and quick as he can be on the microphone, don’t expect McGregor to be able to get under Mayweather’s skin.

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Yes, Floyd Mayweather has all the tools to excel against McGregor, and all the skill and experience to deal with McGregor’s best weapons. That’s why he’s expected to walk through the mixed martial artist on August 26.

Bryan Horowitz
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