Featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been busy training for his upcoming rematch with Nate Diaz, who handed him his first loss under the UFC.
The first bout showed McGregor getting slapped a number of times by Diaz that must have punctured his ego more than it actually hurt him physically.
It may have gotten to him so much that the Irishman has incorporated boxing well into his program ahead of their fight, and with a possible matchup, too, with no other than boxing genius Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But how good is Conor McGregor’s boxing skills?
He seems confident enough to post a video of himself sparring with former world champion Chris van Heerden.
Chris van Heerden says McGregor’s skills aren’t that bad, but it seems bad enough if his future possible opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr. cares enough to visit Freddie Roach and asks him to train McGregor.
The purpose of hiring Roach was to make McGregor look a bit respectable, or, at least not laughable against a boxer. For his part, hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach thinks it will take at least 3 years to train McGregor. Boxing experts even believe it will take more than that.
Boxing’s rising star, Errol Spence Jr. said he doesn’t want to see McGregor fight Mayweather at all, saying he would struggle terribly being “just an MMA fighter.”
The sparring video was supposed to raise Conor McGregor’s stock as he intends to crossover into boxing, but it turns out to be evidence of how bad it actually is.
Contrary to Chris van Heerden’s praises, he looked off balance most of the time, and this is especially evident whenever he throws a punch. Apart from being slow, they were telegraphic, easy to counter-punch with his hands so low. His footwork needs so much improvement.
So much talk has been made about his left straight, but it couldn’t hit an average boxer in a real fight because he throws it from afar. If he does that, there is a strong tendency of over-extending it, which will leave him open.
He doesn’t have a jab, and his shift from southpaw to orthodox looks more for show than to add substance in his game ‘cause he doesn’t back it up with anything else after.
For all the talk about his boxing, the least he could do, for now, is tuck his chin.
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