It’s unlike Floyd Mayweather to come out firing when he fights, but boxing coach Angelo Reyes expects that to change against Conor McGregor.
Reyes, a disciple of legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, made a bold guarantee of how the fight will go down when the boxing legend and UFC lightweight champion clash in the ring during an appearance on MMAjunkie Radio.
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“Mayweather will knock him out in three (rounds) or less,” Reyes said. “Everybody thinks, ‘Oh, well, Floyd is just going to dance around.’ Not in this fight. And he doesn’t dance around. I don’t think he dances around anyway. You have to truly understand the craft of boxing to really understand what he does.”
To back up his prediction, Reyes points to the outcomes of McGregor’s two fights with Nate Diaz, whose specialty is boxing. Diaz made McGregor tap out at UFC 196 in their first fight. In the rematch, McGregor scored a close majority-decision victory after a five-round war at UFC 202, which Reyes believes could be argued the other way.
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“Arguable. I can argue it,” Reyes said. “(McGregor) didn’t dominate Nate Diaz. … I’m just saying that he didn’t beat the heck out of Nate Diaz.”
The way Reyes sees it, if McGregor couldn’t dominate a high-level boxer by MMA standards, there’s no way he stands a chance against one of the all-time legends of the sport.
Check out the clip above to hear more from Reyes on the matchup.
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