Conor McGregor, who was thrilled by the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to allow 8oz gloves in his fight with Floyd Mayweather, is expecting an even shorter fight than before. McGregor has long been saying that he was going to knock out Mayweather within four rounds, but he’s now halving that prediction based upon the smaller gloves.
"Now the gloves are 8oz, I don't believe he makes it out of the second round," McGregor said on Wednesday night. "Part of me is hoping that he can last - part of me wants to show some skill and dismantle him. But I don't see him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds."
The thing about Mayweather’s ability to absorb McGregor’s blows is this: he first has to be able to land them — land them against perhaps the most elusive and best defensive fighter we’ve ever seen. Lots of good punchers with great boxing technique have be made to look like they’re simply flailing while Mayweather is standing right in front of them. And even on the rare occasion when Floyd has been caught by a big shot, by a big puncher, he’s taken it in stride and has come back stronger.
Conor, though, doesn’t care about any of the history of what has been, nor about any of the critics discounting his chances. He firmly believes he’s going to do what no one else has ever been able to.
"Fighting is a complex game - there is a time and a place for every attack, and every move. I look forward to educating them. I look forward to earning my respect in this game also."
We’re now just over a week away from being ‘educated.’