Confirmation of the highly anticipated mega-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has divided fans, but the ‘Notorious’ diehards are backing the reigning UFC lightweight champion despite his novice boxing status. However, one of McGregor’s past sparring partners doesn’t think he will stand a chance against the five-division world champion.
Less than 24 hours after the match was officially greenlit, former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden posted a video of himself sparring with McGregor from last year. The now viral session shows Van Heerden visibly more experienced than McGregor, which he posted to dishearten the Irish fighter’s supporters.
“People are tweeting and talking and telling me that Mayweather has his hand’s full landing on Conor McGregor,” Van Heerden explained to ESPN. “I’m a professional fighter — boxer. And I’m standing up for the sport. I was just making it very clear that, don’t be ridiculous. If I could land, don’t tell me Floyd Mayweather is not gonna to land.”
Floyd Mayweather remains unbeaten in the boxing ring and Van Heerden is adamant that McGregor won’t be the one to change that. “It’s crazy to think that people can actually compare a fighter that’s 0-0 in a boxing ring compared to a legend that’s 49-0,” Van Heerden told TMZ.
Chris van Heerden explained to TMZ that when he sparred with Conor McGregor last year, he was doing so while out of shape and was able to easily take the UFC fighter. While many argue that McGregor’s ability to land punches could be his advantage, Van Heerden doesn’t think he has the power to knock out a legend like Mayweather.
“[Mayweather]’s been hit by guys that can punch and he doesn’t go down,” van Heerden told TMZ. “He’s so good. He knows how to recover.” Although fans remain hopeful, there are a number of other sports experts who agree with Van Heerden. ESPN’s Max Kellerman stated, “Conor McGregor has exactly a zero percent chance in this fight.”
Whether or not Conor McGregor’s year of boxing training will pay off will be determined when he takes on the acclaimed Boxer on August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, if this sparring video is any indication, Mayweather could have an easy 50th victory on his hands.