If dual-division world MMA champion Conor McGregor is seriously considering boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr., the greatest striker in MMA history believes he'd need a year to prepare specifically for that contest. Former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva recently sat down with Combate News and according to a translation from MMAFighting's Guilherme Cruz, Silva encouraged the Irishman to give boxing a try.
"He would have to stop at least a year to be able to do a close fight [with Mayweather Jr.], and I believe he should do it," Silva said.
Sivla himself has boxed as a professional in addition to his legendary MMA career. So, "The Spider" knows very well how different the striking in MMA is from boxing.
“The movement is different, how you have your feet on the ground is different, the timing is different boxing. The only way to see is putting them to fight," he explained.
Silva didn't exactly give McGregor a good chance at beating Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match, but he refused to rule out a "Notorious" win as a possibility. “When you step inside [the ring] to fight, you have a chance. Of course that if you’re fighting Mayweather, people would say ‘Oh, McGregor won’t last a round.’ But we never know," he reasoned.
If McGregor ever comes back to the UFC, however, and sticks with MMA, Silva gave his future opponents some advice - exploit Conor's ground game. “We all have flaws. And his flaws are clear," Silva said.
"He defends well, but he doesn’t have Jiu-Jitsu. The main thing is that he uses his movement and his opponent’s movement to his advantage."
So far, only Nate Diaz has been able to out-strike and out-grapple Conor McGregor so, flawed as he may be, it won't likely be easy for future opponents to make use of Silva's keen observations. As for his chances in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr., well...McGregor would have to be considered a gigantic underdog there if the fight were to happen before Mayweather turns 45.