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The Aug. 26 Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor event is a fight that’s attracting the most mainstream attention and coverage for the sport of boxing in years. The best fighter of his generation (Mayweather) taking on an MMA star who’s making his pro boxing debut (McGregor) is a contest that has people salivating about the possibility of McGregor pulling off the greatest upset in sports history.
But there’s almost no chance McGregor can win, and after both posted training videos this week, it’s easy to see why. And it’s easy to understand why people are laughing at McGregor and his rudimentary skills.
First, Mayweather released his video late last week, showing that he’s still got plenty of talent and speed for a 40-year-old fighter.
I know I'm not the same fighter I was 20 years ago, I'm not the same fighter I was 10 years ago... As a matter of fact, I'm not the same fighter I was 5 years ago,I'm just an old legend putting in work in 16 oz gloves #TMT #TBE @mayweatherpromotions
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Then, in response, McGregor posted this.
You probably don’t have to be a boxing aficionado to see that McGregor is in deep trouble against Mayweather. Need more proof? Here’s a video Black Sports Online put together to highlight the vast differences.
Mayweather and McGregor training videos from today side by side. 😂 pic.twitter.com/cAJDPy9Dwn— Robert Littal (@BSO) June 29, 2017
Predictably, the internet had a nice chuckle at McGregor’s expense.
McGregor training more or less pic.twitter.com/m4lpNKOojB— Atane Ofiaja (@atane) June 30, 2017
I think the McGregor video is in slow motion. https://t.co/p7XjcUf1ME— Patrick Creighton (@PCreighton1) June 30, 2017
That McGregor training video from today is the equivalent of me trying to find a friend with Tidal right now so I can listen to the new Hova— Benjamin Cruz (@cruzkontrol) June 30, 2017
McGregor better be able to swing a folding chair https://t.co/bYOEAtgzOj— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 30, 2017
McGregor, though, will likely have the last laugh. Yes, he’s probably going to get embarrassed by Mayweather—and potentially knocked out cold—but he’s reportedly going to make at least $75 million for this fight. Either way, despite his elementary boxing skills, McGregor is going to win big.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.