Conor McGregor is doing things no one has ever seen before in the UFC — capturing two belts at the same time and demolishing MMA's finest as if he were a lightweight Anderson Silva with takedown defense. It's impressive, and #ConorMcGregor's accomplishments at #UFC205 have once again heated up the talks of an MMA vs. Boxing superfight to end all superfights: Mayweather vs. McGregor.
He's got a point, but there are quite a few differences in the sport. Yeah, it features two men punching each other in the face, but the sweet science is certainly a different animal when it comes to techniques, ring generalship and the basics like stances, glove sizes and the ability to avoid punches.
The boxing ring is far bigger than the Octagon, and Mayweather is a master of using space to avoid and counterpunch his opponents. With McGregor, fighters believe wrestling is his weakness, so they move forward, like Eddie Alvarez did, then they get stuffed and are in immediate danger of McGregor's reach and power behind his 4oz gloves. It's not quite apples and oranges — it's the same fruit basket, but we can't go and say Conor is going to whoop an undefeated all-time great just because he's knocked out UFC fighters, whose training time on the feet is minuscule compared to a world-class boxer.
Still, Dana backed his Money McGregor machine to Money Mayweather:
"This kid's just getting started. This kid's 28 years old. Floyd can say what he wants about Conor, but even other fighters have to respect him. He's special. Floyd's never even come close to doing to other fighters what Conor does."
Except go 49-0.