Mike Tyson does not think Conor McGregor has a chance against Floyd Mayweather.
The former boxer revealed in an interview with the Pardon My Take podcast that he believes McGregor made a serious mistake according to boxing rules for the fight (h / t Chris Chavez of SI.com):
“McGregor is going to kill boxing. I got angry because I thought they would use the MMA rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about: Can the boxer beat the MMA type McConor [sic] put his dumba *** on A position where you are going to be eliminated because this guy has been doing this all his life since he was a baby. McConor [sic] can not kick and grab and stuff so he will not stand a big chance.
“McGregor took the biggest rules in boxing history.”
Mike Tyson also said he would have allowed MMA rules if he had ever fought McGregor.
Frankly, Mike Tyson has a point here. McGregor is at a pronounced disadvantage against Mayweather fighting him using boxing rules. While Mayweather has boxed all his life and has never lost in his professional career, going 49-0, McGregor has fought using completely different rules in the UFC.
Put another way: There are very few, if any, professional boxers near Mayweather’s weight division who would be favored against him.
Now, this does not mean that McGregor can not take away the discomfort. He has the combination of power and speed to give any fighter problem. Seven of his nine victories in the UFC have come by TKO or KO by blows. There is no doubt that McGregor can take a beating and move on.
If McGregor can step into Mayweather’s guard and constantly pressure him and take him down, he can use his superior power to potentially win the fight. But that has been the game plan for many boxers before him, none of whom succeeded against Mayweather’s speed, accuracy and IQ boxing.
And Mike Tyson, at least, does not believe that an MMA fighter turned boxer will be the first to achieve the feat.