Now that many combat sports fans have come to grips with the possibility of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match, it's important to move past the disbelief and dig deeper into the logistics of the fight.
If it were to occur, the event would play out as a traditional boxing match, which clearly favors the 49-0 Mayweather, but there are a few holes McGregor could attack during the fight.
Given the proper amount of talent and his natural skill, McGregor could pose several problems for the near 40-year-old Mayweather. Does that mean he'll defeat Mayweather? Of course not, but a positive showing for McGregor, even in defeat, would be a huge boost for his brand.
Here are five ways Conor McGregor could pose a threat to Floyd Mayweather if they were to step inside of a boxing ring together.
1. Southpaw Style
Manny Pacquiao wasn't able to effectively take advantage of the few holes Floyd Mayweather shows vs. southpaws. Conor McGregor, on the other hand, has shown the ability to use his wide stance to give fighters problems and his lunging left hand is timed so well that he isn't countered very often. Floyd's struggles can be seen in the Zab Judah fight, where his opponent was able to slip in counterpunches when Mayweather decided to open up.
2. Lead Right Hand
McGregor's powerful left hand gets a lot of the credit for his victories but the lead hand is his equivalent of a strong opening act in comedy, it opens people up for the following punch. Not only does McGregor use the straight right jab to walk his opponents down, but he also uses lead uppercuts to work the body and punish fighters.
Earlier, we mentioned McGregor's ability to keep range. He does that because he is able to gauge distance with his reach. McGregor was able to routinely get inside the range of a taller Nate Diaz and despite having a two-inch reach disadvantage. Against Floyd Mayweather, he'd have a two inch reach advantage and would use it to keep the more skilled Mayweather at a distance.
4. Left Hand KO Power
And here we are, Conor's trademark left hand make an appearance on our list. Floyd Mayweather hasn't been hit hard very often but at nearly 40-years-old and coming off of a lengthy hiatus, who is to say that his reflexes will be the same?
If Conor McGregor is to pull off the boxing upset of the century, he'll need to land a crushing left hand to knock Mayweather down and separate himself on the cards.
"Nobody can take that left hand shot, everyone breaks and he broke," said McGregor after his defeat of Jose Aldo.
Floyd Mayweather is undefeated for a reason, his ability to avoid punches is arguably the greatest of all-time. It'll be important for Conor to fight intelligently and trick Mayweather into being the aggressor. When Mayweather is on the offensive he leaves himself open to strong counter punches and that is when the "lucky punch" can land.