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Joe Duffy picking Floyd Mayweather over Conor McGregor in ‘landslide’ win

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Joe Duffy knows what it takes to defeat the almighty Conor McGregor. He did it once before, tapping “Notorious” out via arm-triangle choke in just 38 seconds back in 2010. While Duffy is known for his submission skills inside of the cage, he’s an accomplished boxer outside of it. By taking his experience with striking and knowledge of McGregor as a fighter, “Irish Joe” quickly draws a line in the sand for a potential McGregor superfight with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“In a combat sport, there’s always a puncher’s chance,” said Duffy during a recent appearance 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.”

Most people aren’t giving McGregor any chance to overthrow Mayweather in what would be one of the biggest upsets in sports history, but some are arguing that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar has enough power to make something happen. Duffy isn’t so sure about that.

“He’s one of the best of all-time,” said Duffy 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.”

Luckily for McGregor, he should have the opportunity to prove skeptics like Duffy wrong. But it’s interesting to see what some of McGregor’s past opponents have to say about his impending venture, even if their lone meeting with “Notorious” lasted less than one minute.

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