Sonnen weighs in on McGregor vs. Mayweather

Friday, March 17, 2017

The idea was floated to huge doubt back in April, but it now appears highly likely that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and the greatest boxer of his generation, Floyd Mayweather, will box this year. It will in all likelihood be the biggest PPV in history.

Now that the fight is very much less in question, the new question is does Notorious have any chance of winning? He could effortlessly knock out Mayweather with a kick or slam, or choke him out, or break his arm. But then he would be DQ’d. Could McGregor actually beat Mayweather boxing?

On his latest You’re Welcome podcast, Chael Sonnen weighed in.

“I think the fact that anybody is weighing in that there’s a contest there is such an incredible disrespect to boxing,” said Sonnen, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “If that fight goes more than 30 seconds, it shames boxing. If it goes out of the first round, it humiliates boxing.

“If I was to tell you in any other sport, ‘Hey, we’ve got a great athlete from one field, that’s never done a sport before, and he’s gonna come on and take on the best current living guy in that sport,’ it’d be laughed at. If I told you, I’ve got a guy who’s never played basketball, sure he’s shot the ball around and been on a court and had the ball in his hand, but he’s never played a competitive game of basketball before, and we’re gonna put him up against LeBron James, it would be laughed at. ‘We’ve got a gal that’s never played tennis before, she’s fooled around with a ball in the gym, she’s gonna take on Serena Williams,’ it would be laughed at.

“The fact that there’s even an interest there – and I’m one of the people that shares the interest – but the fact that there’s even an interest there is so disrespectful to the entire sport of boxing. When that fight’s done, Conor is gonna go more than 30 seconds. He’s likely to go more than one round – he shouldn’t, but he is likely to go more than one round – and it’s going to humiliate boxing.”

And then Sonnen tweeted.