Conor McGregor remains an underdog heading into his Aug. 26 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In order to defeat the undefeated boxer, McGregor says he’ll be employing an unorthodox fighting style.
“It will be unusual to everyone watching and to Floyd but that’s not my problem,” McGregor said to the media Friday.
The Irishman’s former sparring partner, Paulie Malignaggi, previously noted that McGregor wasn’t fighting using the traditional tactics.
“Timing wise it makes it a little bit different to time. I’m not going to say difficult to time, because you can get a timing on him, but at first glance you are not going to get a look that you’re accustomed to and then depending on him, his aggression, his non-aggression, because Conor has different methods of executing his little game-plans that he has,” Malignagg told Sky Sports (h/t Bloody Elbow).
“It’s going to be up to Conor to throw those little curve balls here and there and throw things a bit out of line for Floyd, and see if he can get Floyd’s respect.”
McGregor, who has never fought professionally in a boxing ring, is taking on a 49-0 gargantuan of the sport. While McGregor has been incredibly accomplished inside the Octagon, a four-sided ring with 10- or 8-ounce gloves on is notably different.
If McGregor owns an advantage, it’s in that Mayweather can’t exactly gameplan off film or past tape, since none exits of McGregor in a boxing match. Of his 21 MMA wins, 18 of them have come by knockout or TKO for McGregor.