Lampley not impressed with McGregor CompuBox stats

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sportscaster Jim Lampley recently discussed MayGregor during an interview with People who understand boxing know Conor McGregor does not have a chance. People who don’t understand boxing sometimes think otherwise. Lampley knows boxing, and he has some CompuBox stats to buttress his beliefs.

“Let me tell you something, CompuBox – which I very much trust and appreciate as an analytical tool – tracked ten Conor Mcgregor fights,” began Lampley, as transcribed by Dan Hiergesell for MMA Mania. “And I looked last night at the numbers from what they did. And I didn’t realize this, because I don’t watch MMA, he’s not an attacker, he’s a counter-puncher. He’s a guy who stands back, waits for the opponent to come to him, and tries to knock him out with one big shot.

“You know what Floyd Mayweather does against counter-punchers? He watches them, and he waits for them to make a move on him, because he’s not going to bother to play into their hands by walking in toward them and giving them opportunities. Here’s another thing – in the ten events that CompuBox tracked, Conor McGregor spent 21 minutes on his feet. He’s gonna spend 36 minutes on his feet in one fight against Floyd Mayweather. That’s a whole new experience. And by the way, Conor McGregor – in those fights tracked by CompuBox – landed about… or excuse me, threw about 42 strikes per round. That means that, not only is he a counter-puncher, but that he’s a relatively slow paced counter-puncher.

“The only two fighters that ever gave Floyd Mayweather any difficulty over long stretches of time were Jose Luis Castillo and Marcos Maidana. Two pure brawlers, with great physical strength, who pushed Floyd into the ropes and threw 75 or 80 punches a round, trying to land something. That does not describe Conor McGregor. So, this is a mismatch in even more ways than I thought was originally the case.”

The mismatch will also be the most lucrative single event for the athletes in the history of sports.