In general, the boxing community has rubbished McGregor’s chances, while the MMA folk have been more hesitant in writing their colleague off.
One man who McGregor has some history with is TJ Dillashaw. The 135lb challenger was infamously called a snake when The Notorious met him on The Ultimate Fighter series.
Dillashaw refuted McGregor’s claims but then went on to do precisely what McGregor predicted of him.
Thus, it’s not surprising that the former Alpha-Male fighter has an opinion of McGregor’s upcoming bout against Floyd Mayweather.
The size of the gloves being used in the fight has been a massive bone of contention in the lead up to this fight, as 10oz gloves are what are normally worn in this weight class. However, McGregor is more used to using 4oz in the UFC.
Thus, it was considered a minor advantage to McGregor that Mayweather agreed to use 8oz gloves. However, former UFC champion Dillashaw actually thinks that this change could favour the seasoned boxer.
He said: “80z gloves are] to his advantage…to Mayweather’s. I think Mayweather is the heavier hitter. Even though it [doesn’t look] like it when Conor fights in MMA… we are wearing 4oz gloves, it’s a little bit of a different story. I still think Mayweather is the heavier hitter.”
This is a strange claim as many believe that Mayweather’s style is due to him no longer being able to throw shots with the same power that he once was. It has also been called into question how Mayweather’s hand are at this current time, with McGregor calling them “brittle” several times during the world tour.
McGregor reiterated this in a recent Instagram post when he said: “I don’t give a fuck about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands.”
Sceptics would say that Dillashaw is making these statements as he still has some bad blood with the Irishman, who coached on the same season as Dillashaw’s former teammate Uriah Faber.
Others would argue that he has a fair point, as boxers have spent their entire career focusing on this one skillset, whereas MMA stars need a more rounded fight game. Only time will tell though, as the August 26th date grows nearer and nearer.