Sporting News- "I don't look at a man who's expert in one area as a specialist," McGregor told Esquire."I look at him as a rookie in 10 other areas. If you can box, what happens if I grab hold of your legs? If you put me face-to-face with Floyd Mayweather-pound-for-pound boxing's best — if I fought Floyd, I would kill him in less than 30 seconds. It would take me less than 30 seconds to wrap around him like a boa constrictor and strangle him."
Well, that escalated quickly. Kill the best boxer in a decade in 30 seconds? I'm not totally sure I believe him, but I am also not totally sure I don't. MMA fighters are a special type of deranged. You kind of have to be to put your body, and your livelihood, on the line on a consistent basis. I would imagine the mindset going into an MMA fight is to kill your opponent until the ref tells you otherwise.
That's besides the point though. Why would anyone expect a professional boxer to excel in mixed martial arts? They are both at the top of their fields, and their fields involve punching. That's pretty much where the similarities end. This would kind of be like Kobe saying he could beat Calvin Johnson in HORSE. Yeah, both sports involve running, but they also require a very, very different skill set. If McGregor had to abide by the rules of boxing Floyd Mayweather would make him look foolish in the ring. He most likely wouldn't land a single punch. I'm not sure the point that McGregor is trying to make here. I'm assuming it's that he is tougher than Floyd Mayweather? If we are being honest that quote reeks of inferiority. It's like when hockey fans constantly point out how much tougher the game is then say, basketball. They aren't wrong. However, it kind makes them sound jealous of the increased notoriety associated with the other profession. I'm quite sure McGregor has no interest whatsoever in being a boxer, but don't tell me he's not a little envious of the financial benefits associated with doing so. Also, don't tell him I said that.