Newshub sport Roundtable: Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather - who wins?

  • 26/08/2017

Brad Lewis - Newshub sport digital producer

The amount of dribble I have heard out of the un-educated and quite frankly naïve since this fight was made has been mind-numbing.

Can McGregor win? Yes - Will he win? Probably not.

But the notion that Mayweather is fighting some homeless bum walking off the street, who has never thrown a punch in his life is insulting to not only McGregor, but also the intelligence of any pure fight fan.

The Irish native has made life changing money knocking people out with his hands, while this rhetoric that the man can't punch it total bull sh*t.

However hitting Mayweather is a whole new ball game and I fear McGregor will find that out fairly quickly - that is, if 'Money' fights his usual boring, but clinical and highly technical style.

The big question for me lies in Mayweather's comments that he wants to make up to the fans for the lacklustre fight with Manny Pacquiao.

If Mayweather is stupid enough to engage with McGregor in anything other than his usual, effective style then the Notorious One has a 50/50 chance.

He has knocked out the two best featherweights in the UFC and won the lightweight title off a guy who never gets knocked out in Eddie Alvarez.

He separates men from their consciousness; and make no mistake about it, he can do the same thing to the undefeated Mayweather.

I don't see it happening though. Floyd wins by stoppage in the 10th after McGregor empties his gas tank.

Stephen Foote - Newshub sport digital producer

As I covered in nauseating detail here, the fight itself is going to be won or lost in the early going, between the first and the fourth rounds.

It's in this period where Conor McGregor will be at his freshest, most explosive, most powerful, and perhaps most critically his least predictable.

While his unorthodox style will be unlike anything Floyd Mayweather will have ever encountered, the deeper the fight goes the greater the chance that the American, the most prodigious defensive boxer in history, will have to make his read and adjust. And he will adjust.

There's no chance that Mayweather will be able to force a knock-out against McGregor's iron chin, which has eaten plenty of shins in its time.

Conversely, if McGregor hasn't lanced a contest-ending left-hand hammer before the fifth round, at the very latest, the tactical nouse of Mayweather will likely prove too much to overcome and he could be in for a long and fruitless contest.

Mayweather by unanimous decision.

Andrew Gourdie - Newshub sport presenter and reporter

Mayweather and McGregor will spend the first round barking at each other like a pair of Jack Russells arguing over a schmacko, before the referee is forced to remind both of them that the press tour is over and this is, in fact, the real deal.

Rounds two to ten will see very little boxing as Mayweather skips backwards around the ring while McGregor stands in the middle laughing his iconic laugh and yelling "come and get me b*tch!!!!".

Sensing restlessness among the crowd who've paid good money to watch the show, McGregor eventually engages in the eleventh round, and connects with a knee which sees him docked two points.

Mike Tyson stands and applauds the gesture, before grabbing a microphone to announce that if someone doesn't win the fight, he will eat the first-born child of both fighters.

In the final round, Hulk Hogan will slide into the ring and Leg Drop both fighters, leaving them stunned and twitching on the canvas.

With 60 seconds left in the fight, both Mayweather and McGregor stagger to their feet, before Muhammed Ali throws a bolt of lightening in disgust to the middle of the ring, which will simultaneously knock out both fighters.

The whole incident leaves gobsmacked fans in T-Mobile Arena begging the pair to take their money for Mayweather McGregor II.

Ross Karl - Newshub sport rugby editor

I've never watched a fight where I've wanted to see both fighters on the canvas so badly. They're both so unlikable.

Unfortunately, if McGregor doesn't put Mayweather down in the first three rounds there'll be no knockouts. He needs to capitalise on his unorthodox style early. The videos I've seen of his ring-work are bizarre, with very strange boxing technique.

Mayweather will figure him out by the fourth and from there he'll outpoint him.

Ravinder Hunia - Newshub sport reporter

Although from two different codes, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are very similar in fighting nature.

Both patient, never striking without purpose and you also see both fighters use their range to control the space - never forcing a movement.

McGregor's confidence, I feel is one of his greatest tools. He believes he's the best and performs like it every time. A natural striker he has shown his ability to knock out opponents by moving his head off centre to set up a devastating left hook on more than one occasion.

You can't look past Mayweather's ring control though, even from the outside. His ability to read an opponent - to hit and not be hit is his finest work of art.

His head is always moving, his feet are always stepping, his lighting quick jab to gauge range backed up with an uppercut or hook, double left hook  I hope McGregor has practiced keeping his guard up.

I'm backing Mayweather. Coming from MMA to boxing is a whole new ball game.

Mayweather has been out for a while but he will be fine tuning while McGregor re-adjusts the fundamentals of stance, movement, punches and guards that are unfamiliar to him.

Newshub sport Roundtable: Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather - who wins?
Newshub sport Roundtable: Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather - who wins?
Newshub sport Roundtable: Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather - who wins?
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Paul Van Der Werff - AM Show producer

Conor McGregor goes into his pro-boxing debut in a win - win situation. Lose, as many think he will, and he still walks away with US$100 million odd in his pocket.

Win, and go down in history as the only guy who could ever beat Floyd Mayweather.

On the other hand, Mayweather is fully expected to deliver a boxing lesson to the UFC star, and rack up his 50th straight career victory in the process.

Floyd will look to toy with Conor, like a cat does with a mouse, playing with it for as long as it can, before death invariably comes. 

If The Notorious wants to avoid the possibility of being made to look like a fool over 12 rounds, he needs to be aggressive from the opening bell and look to put Mayweather away early.

As he proved against Jose Aldo, when he connects his punches cleanly, he can knock you out in seconds. 

But many will see the safe bet as Mayweather winning by decision, especially when you consider that's how his last 7 fights have ended. He won't care how he wins, just that he does.

I'm hoping McGregor can somehow cause an upset and if that happens, then the only ones who really stand to lose out are the bookies.

Dave Campbell - Radio Live executive producer for sport

There can be only winner here -- Money Mayweather. The same goes for Connor McGregor inside the octagon, though probably more emphatically so.

The longer the circus has gone, the more certain I have become that Floyd will knock his Irish ass out inside three rounds.

Ross McNaughton - Newshub sport producer

The fight is a mismatch and a farce, but that won't stop me from tuning in. McGregor will lose and lose badly.

The Irishman may be younger, bigger, and stronger than Mayweather, but he won't be able to consistently land punches.

McGregor's only chance is to chase the knock out, but I can't see him laying a glove on arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all time.

I'm expecting Mayweather to win by a lopsided points decision, although I wouldn't be surprised by a late stoppage.

Mayweather doesn't have the power for a straight KO, but I could see him stopping McGregor through the sheer accumulation of punches.