Jim Lampley on Mayweather-McGregor

By Robert Ecksel on August 25, 2017
Jim Lampley on Mayweather-McGregor
“I call it Riggs-King because that’s what it is. It’s a hybrid, something of a freak show.”

“If you saw Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather and you want to see something duller, spend your money on Mayweather-McGregor…”

This week’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor doesn’t thrill HBO’s Jim Lampley.

“I call it Riggs-King because that’s really what it is,” he told Fight Hub TV. “It’s a hybrid event, something of a freak show, and you need to watch it or think you need to watch it because your neighbor or all your friends on social media are going to watch it to see this odd confrontation between a guy from MMA and a boxer—people who do two different things, and they’re going to box, in a boxing ring, with boxing rules—so does anybody really believe they don’t know who is going to win?!”

Lampley has called plenty of mismatches over the years and has never been shy about calling a spade a spade. There’s no reason for him to start now.

“CompuBox, which I very much trust and appreciate as an analytical tool, tracked 10 Conor McGregor fights 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 counterpuncher. 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.”

“Money” may dance. “Money” may potshot his way to victory. But he no sooner walks into McGregor’s left than one of those lefts catches Floyd and knocks him out.

“You know what Floyd Mayweather does against counterpunchers?” asked Lampley. “He watches them, and he waits for them to make a move on him because he’s not gonna bother to play into their hands by walking in toward them and giving them opportunity. Here’s another thing, in the 10 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.”

McGregor is open to new experiences. Otherwise he wouldn’t have agreed to a participate in a boxing match, against Floyd Mayweather, no less.

“And by the way,” said Lampley, “Conor McGregor in those fights tracked by CompuBox threw about 42 strikes per round. That means not only is he a counterpuncher but that he’s a relatively slow-paced counterpuncher. The only two fighters who 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.”

There were plenty of fighters Floyd might have fought if his goal was to inspire. But by settling on Conor McGregor, the die was cast.

“So this is a mismatch in even more ways than I thought was originally the case,” Lampley said. “If you saw Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather and you thought it was dull, and you want to see something duller, spend your money on Mayweather-McGregor.”

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  1. Kid Blast 11:44am, 08/26/2017

    I disagree. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. This time Conor is in an Orange grove and will be in the wrong place at the right time because he gets 30 million for a sham.

  2. Bill Valle 10:50am, 08/26/2017

    I have both boxed and done mma.  I remember Jim’s arrogant statement about how low the skill level is compared to boxing.  So Bruce Lee wouldn’t have stood a chance against Floyd or Sugar Ray?  I beg to differ.  While Conor is stepping into a totally different game that he has little experience with you can’t say that there aren’t similar skills involved in striking and defense.  Speed will always be a major factor but movement and timing even more so.  Watching some past Mayweather fights I saw him get hit with some shots that if they came from McGregor he would be unconscious.
    Whether Conor knocks him out or just shows up with a decent performance I can’t wait for Jim’s comments, especially if it’s the former.

  3. Kid Blast 02:06pm, 08/22/2017

    well said Lamps

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