Broner: McGregor would get KO’d in 1st round in boxing world
By Eric Baldwin: Former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) gives UFC fighter Conor McGregor no chance in the boxing world. Broner thinks McGregor would be knocked out in the 1st round if he were to fight in a boxing match. Likewise, Broner thinks that boxers wouldn’t last more than a round in in the MMA sport. if one of them made a move.
McGregor has been talking frequently about wanting to fight the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor hasn’t been talking about wanting to fight any of the active fighters though, and that has some boxing fans feeling that he’s only mentioning Mayweather’s name to hitch a ride by getting attention from fans without actually fighting anyone inside the ring.
Broner said this to Fighthype.com about McGregor’s chances in boxing:
“I’m not being biased; I’m just telling the truth,” said Broner. “If he came in our world, we’ll stop him in one round. We got a chance. We leaving them over there. That cage [expletive], that’s all you.”
McGregor’s fighting style in MMA involves a lot of pot shots. There’s not much combination punching. It’s mainly McGregor landing lead lefts against guys that look like they came from wrestling backgrounds. Their boxing ability seems to be rudimentary at beat. It’s possible that Broner is right about McGregor lasting one round in a boxing match. McGregor would be like someone that walked into a boxing gym and volunteered to take on a world class fighter if he were to face someone good in the sport. It wouldn’t be a fair fight. If fans had to pay to see McGregor fight in a boxing match against someone like Mayweather, it might hurt the sport. McGregor would get knocked out in the 1st round and then fans would be angry and having wasted their money in purchasing the fight on PPV.
There probably isn’t going to be a fight between McGregor and Mayweather as long as the Irish fighter is under contract with the UFC. By the time the 28-year-old McGregor is no longer under an exclusive contract with the UFC, Mayweather will likely be too old for anyone to care whether he fights McGregor or not.
McGregor might be name dropping the wrong fighter’s name if he wanted to get the most attention in the boxing world right now. Instead of calling out Mayweather, who angered a lot of fans with his fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015, McGregor should be calling out Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev or Saul Canelo Alvarez. Those guys are the top fighters in the sport. Mayweather is yesterday’s news now that he’s been out of the ring for over a year. Few fans expect Mayweather to ever return.
Broner has a fight scheduled for February 18 against Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is Broner’s first fight since losing his WBA light welterweight title earlier this year when he failed to make weight for his fight against Ashley Theophane last April. Ricky Burns is now the World Boxing Association 140lb champion.
Broner could have been fighting him next, but he chose to take the fight against Granados. Broner and Burns still could wind up facing each other in 2017. There’s a real possibility that fight takes place, as long as Broner beats Granados.