For years now, Conor McGregor has been one of the most successful stars of MMA fighting.
He’s taken the UFC by storm, winning the UFC featherweight title in the past, and currently reigning as UFC Lightweight Champion. He might be one of the biggest names in the sport, but he’s not done there.
If the rumours are to be believed, he’s itching to make a move into boxing, and his first involvement could be against former champion Floyd Mayweather.
Speaking to loaded during the press conference for the Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko fight this weekend, boxing legend Michael Buffer spoke about how he thinks Conor McGregor would adapt to the sport.
As it turns out, he thinks the UFC star is definitely not ‘ready to rumble’…
“Realistically, he has to go from wearing those little gardening gloves that those MMA fighters wear to a 10oz glove, which is what the welterweight fighters wear today. Big difference,” he told loaded.
Speaking about his chances against Mayweather, Buffer added: “He’s a strong puncher. We see that when we watch UFC.
“Put that together with the fact he’d be fighting one of the greatest defensive fighters we’ve seen in the last 25 years perhaps and you have to say his chances are nil.”
“But, Conor McGregor… when you are near him, and you just touch him, he is chiseled steel from head to toe.”
Buffer went on to say: “He is really an unbelievable athlete. So, it could be one of those fights that everybody wants to see. We’ll have to see what happens.”
So, while it would be pure box office, Buffer doesn’t rate McGregor’s chances if a move to boxing ever did materialise.
Conor, over to you…
Meanwhile, during the same press conference, Buffer also gave his verdict on the Joshua vs Klitschko fight, which he’ll be announcing live from Wembley Stadium.