When the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight was first announced, everyone had an opinion, but none as vocal as legendary boxing champion, “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Tyson, who has a voracious appetite for MMA and a deep friendship with UFC President Dana White, spoke Monday on Barstool Sports Pardon My Take podcast giving his take on the boxing match.
Boxing? I got mad because I thought they were going to use MMA rules against boxing, because thats what its all about can the boxer beat the MMA guy? But Conor put his dumb ass in a position where hes going to get knocked out, because this guys been doing this all his life since he was a little baby, and Conor cant kick or grab and stuff. He not going to stand much of a chance.
Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion in history with a second round TKO over Trevor Berbick in 1986, started his professional boxing career at age 19 just like Mayweather.
Iron Mike at his best
However, Mayweather also comes from a family of boxers including his father and two uncles, who were world champions.
McGregor started his professional MMA career in 2008 at the age of twenty. He has three professional losses, all by submission. The fight against Mayweather, which was built on social media hype, will be his debut professional boxing match.
Its going to be exciting, Tyson said. The whole things exciting because its got a circus-y kind of atmosphere, because you love the fact that you see Conors a character. Like, Floyds never met a character like this. … Boy! Come on, what are you talking about, boy?! Yeah, boy! … What do you got a book bag for when you cant read? And I want to say, Hey, man, thats disrespectful, but the thing is, its so funny, man, I cant stop.
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The fight will be contested at 154 pounds, a weight where most people feel that McGregor has the advantage. McGregor currently is the UFC lightweight champion after defeating Eddie Alvarez in the second round of his lightweight debut in UFC’s first event ever in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
Mayweather was a champion at the boxing light middleweight limit multiple times, defeating Oscar de la Hoyaa, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, taking titles away from all of them. McGregor has stated multiple times that Mayweather’s lack of experience against Irish fighters will be his downfall.
Conor McGregor making it look easy winning the lightweight 155lb title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden New York.
Listen, theres no doubt its going to put a bad taste in peoples mouth, but its going to happen, Tyson said. I never thought it was going to happen. Then, I heard about the rules, I said the rules are just sucker rules for McGregor. McGregor took the biggest sucker rules in the history of boxing.