Over the next two months, you’re going to be subjected to an avalanche of opinions on the upcoming megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Some of them will come from people who don’t know a left hook from a fishhook.
However, there are few people more qualified to discuss what might happen in a crossover fight of this magnitude than Holly Holm.
Holm has been best in the world in both boxing and mixed martial arts, as a three-weight-class world champion in the sweet science before making the change to MMA and winning the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
“I’m the type of fighter who thinks anyone has a chance,” Holm said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “I came over to MMA from boxing and i felt like I had a chance. And I did. I went and I accomplished things.”
So when Holm weighs in on what might go down when the undefeated boxing superstar meets the only simultaneous two-weight-class champ in UFC history, it makes sense to listen.
And while she’s not offering a prediction on who will win the fight, she believes McGregor has a better chance than most.
“Mayweather is undefeated for a reason,” Holm said. “But still, if feel anything can happen in a fight and Conor’s got speed which, I think, Mayweather, a lot of people can’t handle Mayweather’s speed. I think Conor has speed and he can deal with speed pretty well. I think Conor’s fighting style and stance can actually be competitive for Mayweather.”
One reason Holm believes McGregor should be able to adjust is that she views it as simpler to switch from MMA to boxing than vice versa. When you’re boxing in an MMA fight, you have to account for a variety of strikes besides punches or for a takedown attempt. Those, of course, are not factors in a boxing match, making for less complicated preparation.
At the end of the day, Holm will make at least one nod to conventional wisdom: The idea that McGregor’s best chance is in the early rounds, as Mayweather is known as a master adapter as a fight goes on.
“If McGregor wins, its going to be earlier,” Holm said. “If it goes longer, it’s going to be Floyd Mayweather. Anything can happen in a fight. I don’t think it’s a disgrace. I think if anyone’s out there making fun of this fight, I can guarantee you that those are the people who don’t fight.”