Most fans aren’t giving Conor McGregor much of chance when he steps into the boxing ring to face perhaps the greatest boxer of all time in Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a highly-publicized and often-scrutinized “money fight.”
Idris Elba, an A-list movie star with a kickboxing background to boast of, however, is not most people, as he appeared on ESPN’s First Take to promote his upcoming film “The Dark Tower” and to give a very convincing and “controversial” argument as to why “Notorious” could very well take “Money” out come fight night.
“Listen, I’m going to tell you something a little controversial. In my opinion, I think McGregor has a really good chance at winning that fight. Here’s why. It’s controversial, but listen, I have a kickboxing background and the agility of a kickboxer in MMA is very different from a boxer. I think, what’s going to happen is that Floyd is going to, and I love Floyd, he’s a friend, he is going to fight his fight. But I think McGregor is going to topple that. He is going to topple his composure, he’s going to throw some things around that Floyd is not going to be used to. And the other thing about McGregor is that he can strike really, really, really quickly out of nowhere. Where I think Floyd does what he does normally, which is to hold a tight fight and I think McGregor is going to topple that and strike him. If he gets one on his chin, it could be over. Not a lot of people agree with me, but I just know kickboxers move differently. McGregor’s not going to go in there to box Floyd, he is going to fight Floyd. That’s a different sort of thing altogether. MMA is mixed marital arts, so McGregor is not just a kickboxer, he has the agility of so many disciplines, which is why I think is going to be a disadvantage for Floyd. Floyd is going to try to box Conor, and Conor is going to fight Floyd. I’m telling I think what is going to happen is Floyd is going to end up taking off his gloves and land one on him really.”
Win or lose, Conor is expected to make out like a fat rat once the dust settles, as he could be banking close to $100 million once all of his cash is calculated.
But, McGregor isn’t here just to take part — and collect millions — he’s here to take over, and take over the combat sports world he will if he manages to shock the world in just a few weeks. One man seems to think he can do it.