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Here is my breakdown of the whole spectrum behind this rumor.
First things first, there is no way in hell that Mayweather will fight under UFC rules. If he fought under UFC rules and employed the same strategy that lead him to 49-0, then he would lose. The UFC does not award points to fighters who dance around the ring, fighters who control the center of the octagon get points. Also under UFC, this fight would probably be 3 rounds, maybe 5 if they consider it a featherweight title fight. Even at 5, that would be basically half the normal amount of rounds under boxing rules. That means, Mayweathers strategy of playing all counter strikes and defense would lead him to throw a fraction of the strikes that McGregor would throw. Both of those factors together would cause Mayweather to lose in decision.
Other things that would make a Mayweather win under UFC rules nearly impossible is that UFC is mixed martial arts. What I mean by that is, in boxing you an only throw punches. In MMA, you can grapple, kick box, wrestle, or box. Mayweather has never been in a professional fight involving anything more than boxing. We would have to think he would be terrible at wrestling, kick boxing, and grappling, which are some pretty important factors in most UFC bouts.
On the other side of things, if we were to break down McGregors fighting style to the most basic of categories, he would be a boxer. McGregor is an awful wrestler, and he is not very adept throwing kicks. Conors power comes from his fists, mainly his left hook. He wouldn't be the type of fighter who could immediately take Mayweather out of his game plan.
UFC 189: Chad Mendes v. Conor McGregor. This was a short notice fight, it was original scheduled as a featherweight title fight between McGregor and Jose Aldo. This was a great night, a lot of the fights at 189 were amazing. But the most intriguing was Mendes v. McGregor, because Mendes was a dominant wrestler and McGregor a proven boxer. Conor was challenged on the ground, and for awhile it looked like he was in deep trouble as Mendes rained down constant strikes to Conors head which eventually opened a gash above his eyebrow.
The only real advantage that Conor has over Mayweather is fighting in UFC and the possibility of utilizing a few different types of fighting disciplines. If they were to fight under boxing rules, I wouldn't watch that fight just for the record, then Conor would get destroyed. The reason he has been so dominant in the featherweight division is that left hand of his. No question about it, comparing the two as boxers, Mayweather has a very clear advantage.
For those reason, I highly doubt this fight will happen. It's kinda like saying I'm a better football player than Red, of course I am he's a basketball player.
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