Glimpses of Conor McGregor’s likely gameplan for Mayweather on show in sparring clips

Everyone and their mothers have an opinion on how well Conor McGregor will fare against Floyd Mayweather.
Due to the unusual nature of the match-up, it's difficult to argue against anyone's prediction for the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match.

On paper, the undefeated prize pugilist should whoop the man making his professional debut. Mayweather has already beaten some of the best boxers on the planet with ease, so it's conceivable that a man with zero experience in boxing at this level would be overwhelmed by his brilliance.

Those who are thinking outside the box(ing ring) can envisage McGregor having more than just a puncher's chance against Mayweather. Aside from having size and youth on his side, 'The Notorious' has what could be perceived as an advantage of being an elite fighter who isn't a boxer. As 49 bested boxers can attest to, you're not going to defeat 'Money' by outboxing him.

It has mostly been MMA personalities saying it, but there is a theory out there that the key to victory for McGregor is by using an unorthodox striking style that would probably be deemed as 'poor technique' in boxing circles.

Brendan Schaub has continuously alluded to this concept with his 'awkward style' sound bites and everyone who's mentioned that McGregor needs to 'fight dirty' is pretty much saying the same thing.

Famed MMA analyst Robin Black has also been pushing that idea for a long time, and once those sparring clips of Paulie Malignaggi dropped, he felt vindicated, as he explained on his YouTube channel.

"Floyd Mayweather and all other boxers of the top level are extremely specialised, and in doing so, they become more and more hyper-specialised, so there's all this other stuff that could happen outside of their specialisation that they're unfamiliar with, and that's how you try to beat them."

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