Ex-UFC star Randy Couture has given his opinion on a possible Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor clash in 2017 or 2018.
Couture, who is now a Hollywood actor, himself fought in a high-profile cross-codes bout against former world boxing champion James Toney – winning in the very first round with a submission back in 2010.
As reports gather of a potential match-up between Mayweather and McGregor in Las Vegas, Couture sees the tables being turned this time around and it’s the MMA fighter who could be looking for one shot to win.
“Well, I think anybody that’s a game fighter, and Conor McGregor is certainly a game fighter, has a puncher’s chance,” Couture told Submission Radio.
“James Toney had a puncher’s chance going into a mixed martial arts engagement with me. I wasn’t silly enough to stand around in front of James or take James’ skills for granted. He’s a very, very good boxer, but I didn’t think he could stop a low single. And it was then a question of how much did he learn in the weeks and months leading up to that fight on the ground outside of his realm of expertise?
“Now, there are not too many boxers in the world in the last ten years that have been able to touch Floyd Mayweather. It’s a bit crazy to think that Conor McGregor as a mixed martial artist, not being able to kick, elbow, use clinch and dirty boxing tactics in a straight boxing match, is going to be able to go out against Floyd Mayweather and be anymore successful than anybody else in the boxing world has been. So I think it’s probably certainly he has, like I said, a puncher’s chance.
“Everybody has that. And Conor’s game, he’s going to get in there and do it. So there’s always that possibility. But rational thought will tell you it’s probably going to be a long night for Conor,” he added.
McGregor travelled to Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day for a date with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding his license but was told he faced a further wait as litigation continues.