Joe Rogan Shares His Thoughts On McGregor vs Pacquiao Boxing Bout
UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor wouldn’t stand much of a chance against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, if the two square-off in a boxing match.
Too Much To Handle
McGregor and Pacquiao have been linked to a potential boxing match for several years, with the Irishman recently stating that they will fight this winter. But while ‘The Notorious’ has full confidence in himself, Rogan believes a boxing bout with ‘The Pacman’ will be too much to handle for the UFC’s biggest star.
Speaking with guest Tony Hinchcliffe on his podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ (as transcribed by BJPenn.com), Rogan said that Pacquiao would be simply too good for McGregor.
“You’re talking about one of the greatest boxers of all time against a guy with one professional boxing match,” Rogan stated.
McGregor vs Mayweather
McGregor made his professional boxing debut against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. And although the 32-year-old Dubliner gained some success in the first few rounds, the now 43-year-old went on to win the fight via TKO in the 10th round.
Hinchcliffe responded to Rogan’s argument, using McGregor’s early success against Mayweather as a reference point, but Rogan was quick to counter his guest, saying that it was part of ‘Money’s’ strategy to wear his opponent down.
“Let me tell you something. The reason it was close is that Mayweather let [McGregor] blow his wad,” Rogan said. “Mayweather had to figure out Conor’s timing. Conor is not a professional boxer. Because he’s not a professional boxer, he’s not as efficient, and he’s going to get tired easier.”
McGregor’s Explosiveness Works Against Him
Rogan also pointed out that McGregor is an explosive fighter, which works against him as he has a tendency to get tired quickly. On the other hand, Mayweather is the more patient of the two, preserves his energy, and then implements his will on his opponents.
“[Mayweather’s] style is taking the minimum amount of damage, find your openings, and then establishing your game and dominating,” Rogan continued. “Conor is a freak. He’s an explosive guy. He’s so fast, and there’s no remedy for that, other than getting [him] tired. What Mayweather was doing was boxing with him, but preserving [energy]. [He was] being safe, realized that Conor can punch, but drag him into deep water. That’s what a guy like Mayweather will do.”
According to several reports, Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier is almost a done deal for UFC 257 on January 23rd. This means it will be some time before we see ‘The Notorious’ in the boxing ring again.
How do you think Conor McGregor fares in a boxing bout with Manny Pacquiao?