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Is Conor McGregor ready to throw the hands with Floyd? An investigation

Conor McGregor is one of the most polarizing sports figures in recent memory.

He’s a vocal individual and probably one of the greatest MMA trash talkers in the past few years.

The Irishman achieved huge success and notoriety after defeating Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 194 in just thirteen seconds.

At UFC 205, McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first man in UFC history to hold two different weight division titles.

He’s on top of the UFC mountain and soon he and Floyd Mayweather began trading shots on social media with fans clamoring for a clash between the two fighters.

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Rumors swirled for weeks about whether the fight would be in the Octagon or in a boxing ring.

Sure enough, the fight was confirmed on June 14th as it was announced the two would clash in a boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Floyd is undefeated in the boxing world with a pristine 49-0 record with 26 knockout victories.

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Conor on the other hand, has never fought in a professional boxing match but is known in the UFC for his striking power.

It’s a blatant mismatch but Conor has been hard at training for his boxing debut.

In training with Chris van Heerden, Conor clearly gets tagged multiple times and slumped like a sack of potatoes. He looks like he’s playing Wii Sports Boxing out here.

Recently, video footage of Conor’s latest spar have surfaced and it shows some form of hope for the Lightweight Champ.

In it, McGregor seemingly knocks out a former champ Paulie Malignaggi in what has stirred up plenty of controversy in recent weeks.

It seems like an impressive achievement for the 29-year-old however, there are clearly flaws in the “achievement.”

Conor and his camp claim that Malignaggi wasn’t able to land a single blow on McGregor and McGregor himself claims to have whooped Malignaggi during the spar.

Many former boxing champs are not impressed and neither am I.

For one, even though Malignaggi is a former champ, you can clearly tell that he’s way out of shape and he’s not as young as McGregor.

Three-division champion Shane Mosley watched McGregor’s sparring video and says he doesn’t think highly of Conor McGregor’s abilities as a pugilist. In an interview Mosley said:

“(McGregor) throws more at the fighter, instead of through the fighter. If you’re going to throw at Mayweather, you’re never going to hit him with anything.”

Mosley has a point. McGregor’s only throwing at and not through his opponent. If he wants to have any chance of beating Mayweather, he needs to punch through.

McGregor has also been seen gassing early and been knocked out by a heavy bag in an open practice.

Does McGregor stand a chance of knocking out Floyd? Nope, there’s no chance in hell McGregor will beat Floyd.

Or, he could shut down the naysayers and etch his name yet again in the history books as the only man to ever beat Floyd Mayweather.