Owen Roddy, Conor McGregor’s boxing coach, has no doubt in his mind that his star pupil will be able to beat the veteran boxer, Floyd Mayweather. So much so, that he isn’t even considering defeat as an option or possibility.
This past Monday, Roddy appeared on Ariel Helwanis show The MMA Hour and discussed the upcoming bout. Roddy sees’s his pupil McGregor winning the bout. Just about every other boxing and MMA expert see the bout going Floyd’s way, mainly by decision, but Roddy has faith in McGregor. “I have no doubt in my mind he’s going to do it. I think it’s going to be one of the most insane nights ever.”
McGregor has no professional boxing ring time. In MMA we have seen him dispatch people with strikes multiple times, Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier, the 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo and his dismantling of Eddie Alvarez all spring to mind. He was also a two-weight world champion and still holds the lightweight crown. In saying that, he will be facing Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the best defensive boxer to grace the ring with a record of 49-0 and very rarely gets hit. It also needs to be factored in that in MMA the gloves are 4 ounces, in boxing, they tend to be 10 ounces. Will that affect Conor’s knockout power and will he be able to land one of his signature left hands?
Roddy continues “we know what Conor is capable of. Conor does it every time.” He also tells Ariel that it won’t be a point win for Conor, it’ll be a KO. Something that the best boxers of this era haven’t been able to do, people like Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and many other elite boxers haven’t put leather on Floyd.
“I think he’s gonna put him away. I think he’s gonna KO him. I think it’ll take a couple of rounds.”
Visualization will help, but Roddy reveals that they have been working on Floyd as a fight for months now. They’ve been breaking down film of Floyd long before the fight was made official and Roddy believes this, along with Conor’s exceptional ability to read fights, and fighters, mid fight due to his high fighter IQ will see him adapt to whatever Floyd brings to the fight and allow McGregor to KO Mayweather.
He reiterates, “Nobody is perfect. Mayweather is unbelievable defensively… but everybody has holes, everybody makes mistakes, everybody has predictable patterns that they do over and over again. Conor has an exceptional ability to read fighters. … Read fighters and where they’re going and read what they do. He can do it really, really quickly. I think it’s just about him figuring out where Mayweather is gonna be on said shot and then putting the appropriate shots to catch him.”
When asked about the difference in glove size, Roddy responded by saying;
“Conor hits like a middleweight. You can ask any of the middleweights in our gym. He’s got cat-like reflexes. He’s very accurate as well. I think he’s going to slip and fire and Mayweather will be on wobbly legs. It might be a counter, too. Thats what i see. Thats what i see in my head.”
It’s a reoccurring theme with Conor. People will doubt him. Roddy knows he will face backlash for his comments and simply said, “I don’t care, because I believe it as well. I think he’s gonna go in and do it. Largest upset, shock the world. We’re just gonna sit back and enjoy it.”