Saturday 23 September 2017

The man who beat Conor McGregor claims Floyd Mayweather 'would win in a landslide'

Jack O'Toole

Joseph Duffy, one of only three men to defeat UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor in MMA, and a former professional boxer with a record of 7-0, claims that boxer Floyd Mayweather would 'win in a landslide' in a potential super fight with McGregor.

McGregor and Mayweather have both been touting a potential bout between each other for this summer, and while McGregor told the boxing press that he was going to 'shock the world' at Michael Conlan's debut win over Tim Ibarra in New York earlier this month, Duffy doesn't see it, predicting a comfortable win for Mayweather.

“In a combat sport, there’s always a puncher’s chance,” Duffy said on The MMA Hour. “No matter what, in MMA, boxing, there’s always that puncher’s chance.

"I feel that Floyd is probably used to being in there with bigger hitters than Conor. Them boxers really do hit. But, down to on the scorecards, I really don’t (think Conor has a chance). I really feel it’s a landslide towards Floyd.”

Duffy added that he just doesn't think that McGregor will be able to overcome the skill deficit that comes with Mayweather's decades of experience. McGregor has previously boxed at schoolboy level, winning the Dublin Novice Championships as a 16-year-old, but his resume pales in comparison to Mayweather, a nine-time world champion and a fighter who has been widely described as one of the best boxers of his generation.

“He’s one of the best of all-time,” Duffy said of Mayweather. “How he made (Manny) Pacquiao look, Pacquiao is one of the best boxers we’ve seen in a long time. I think that just proves the level he’s at. Canelo (Alvarez) is probably a bigger hitter than Conor, and how [Mayweather] boxed him, it’s different. It’s different.

“It takes a while to get into the sport and to get up to par, and I think if [McGregor] pursued boxing for a long time, I think he could’ve done very well in it, definitely. But Floyd’s been doing this since he was a child, and I really just can’t see it going any other way.”

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