Conor McGregor taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match is one of the biggest spectacles in modern sports. It’s also one of the most one-sided matchups in boxing history.
While McGregor is unquestionably a great MMA fighter, stepping into the boxing ring is a completely different battle.
No matter how much one enjoys McGregor’s fight style, domination in MMA, or his wild personality, let’s face it: McGregor faces an uphill battle against such an experienced (and successful) boxer. But that doesn’t mean he can’t at least make things competitive for a while.
Another major factor for McGregor? In UFC, he fights with 4oz gloves—but now it’ll be 10oz gloves for the 154-lb fighter against Mayweather.
Had Mayweather’s team wanted McGregor to have to starve himself down to weigh-in at 147lbs, it would have been 8oz gloves, so that extra padding could make all the difference in McGregor’s punches.
Here are five things McGregor can do to make this a decently competitive fight.