We’re just over two weeks away from one of the most talked-about boxing fights of the decade and, in reality, we’re not really any closer to an insightful, pre-analysis of the bout.
And that’s the way it’s probably going to stay right up until Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor touch gloves before the bell goes in the T-Mobile Arena on August 26.
The UFC fighter’s sparring with Paulie Malignaggi has told us nothing we didn’t know already: the American loves to run his mouth until his lips are about to fall off, and the Irishman has an ego the size of a jumbo jet parked in a terraced-house living room.
Malignaggi has stated – in his many, many interviews – that the Lightweight champion probably got the better of their first sparring bout. It’s hard to know, though, if the Showtime analyst is being truthful or just talking up the fight, such has been the inconsistency of his version of events.
McGregor, by and large, is an unknown quantity at this level, and, because of that, we’re not really sure how Mayweather will approach this fight.
For nearly two decades, we’ve watched Mayweather deal out the sweet science to world class opponents, with a glove barely laid on him.
His defensive ability set him apart. He’d sit back in the pocket and, after analysing his opponent, react to mistakes he knew were coming.
He can certainly do that with McGregor, and logic suggests it’ll be the easiest read of his life, but he has literally nothing to go off – in boxing terms – beforehand.
The Dubliner has never professionally laced up a set of 10-ounce gloves. He’s never stepped inside a boxing ring under the sport’s rules.
Sure, we have an idea, but really, we simply just don’t know how this fight is going to go. And that’s what makes it fascinating – at least in terms of the pre-fight discussion.
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