It’s a big weekend for UFC President Dana White. His number one fighter, Conor McGregor, is taking on one of the best in boxing ever.
McGregor has been confident throughout multiple pressers and other events leading up to the fight. White also believes in his UFC superstar more than anybody.
The former boxing promoter turned UFC President spoke to members of media yesterday after the final press conference in Las Vegas and explained why McGregor has a legitimate chance against Floyd Mayweather this Saturday.
“The thing about shocking the boxing world is that the boxing world is saying dumb stuff like, ‘This guy doesn’t even belong in there and he doesn’t have any chance,’ A guy who hits as hard as Conor McGregor absolutely has a chance. And when he knocks Floyd Mayweather out on Saturday, they’re all going to say, ‘Floyd was too old and this and that.’ They’ll have a whole different set of excuses,” said White.
Due to the circumstances surrounding the fight, White is certain that it won’t be a traditional boxing match but instead, a proper fight.
“Everybody thinks that he’s going to go in there and he’s boxing the best boxer — he’s not boxing anybody. This is under boxing rules, but you better believe this is going to be a fight. This isn’t going to be a boxing match, this is going to be a fight. When you’re in boxing, you throw a jab, a right hand or a hook or a hook to the body comes behind it. None of that stuff is going to be coming. Floyd is the master of knowing what comes next and he’s the best defensive fighter. Those aren’t the same patterns that are going to come from Conor McGregor. It’s going to be completely different,” promised White.
The UFC President believes that age will be the biggest factor in the fight. He sees Conor landing more shots and ultimately the pressure will crumble Floyd.
“Conor doesn’t just have to hit him on the chin. He’s going to hit him on the elbows, he’s going to hit him on the shoulders, he’s going to hit him all over his arms, the side of the head, the side of his gloves. He’s on 29-year-old legs. Floyd’s on almost 41-year-old legs, and anybody who’s been 41 knows what that’s like. Conor is the bigger, stronger man who will apply pressure, hit him with hard punches, he will eventually catch him and he will knock him out,” explained White.
Mayweather and McGregor are set to collide in just two days this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.