Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight king Chris Weidman is the latest combat star to weigh in on the inevitable clash between mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Conor McGregor and un-retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. While Weidman understands the massive unlikelihood of McGregor actually defeating “Money” inside of the ring, he’s anticipating an exciting mental takeover by the Irishman.
“So Mayweather and McGregor is going to happen. 100 percent. That’s a fact,” said Weidman during a recent interview on MMA Report with Mike 'Gunz' Gunzelman (video courtesy of TMZ Sports). “I was just like everybody else. I thought it was a joke of a fight. Obviously McGregor has no chance in that fight. But everyone’s still going to pay to watch it because it’s Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is going to talk. He’s going to say things to Floyd Mayweather that no one has ever said to him before. He’s going to have Floyd Mayweather’s head spinning. It’s going to be insane. It’s going to be an amazing event.”
Weidman certainly understands that Mayweather is an elite striker with unparalleled skill, but he can’t help wonder how the boxer would fair against a much larger opponent. Similar to what UFC color commentator Joe Rogan recently said about McGregor’s power, Weidman believes the Irishman’s strength, precision, and size advantage could negate Mayweather’s boxing expertise.
“Mayweather is going to be such a small man next to Conor,” explained Weidman. “This guy is a giant. You have to realize that Conor McGregor was the biggest 145-pound fighter the UFC has ever had. He cut so much weight to make 145 pounds. He’s going to be so big and so heavy. He’s going to be so much longer and taller than Floyd Mayweather. His head is going to be so much bigger. It’s just two completely different animals.”
If Weidman and Rogan are partially correct about McGregor’s natural gifts playing a major role in the outcome of this superfight then it may prove Chael Sonnen’s prediction right. Either way, McGregor will need to have a little luck on his side when he enters the ring opposite the greatest defensive boxer of all time.