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Lack of pro experience not a con for McGregor

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland face off during a news conference in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.

As he gets set to face undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in their multi-million dollar bout on Saturday in Las Vegas, much is being made of Conor McGregor’s lack of pro boxing experience, but it may turn out to be his greatest strength.

Mayweather has faced 49 boxers and beaten them all – 49 men who have studied the craft for years and years, and yet none of them could find a way through his submarine-tight defense and stinging attack.

But even though he has little by way of experience, McGregor — and in particular his left hand — still poses a huge danger to Mayweather’s proud unbeaten record.

Despite the fact that he is about to become the best-paid boxing debutant in history, McGregor, who started boxing as a boy before making the switch to mixed martial arts, has never had a top-level encounter as a boxer.

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