Greg Bishop knows this isn’t going to be a fight, but he’s going to watch it anyway.
“I don’t think McGregor has any chance at all under boxing rules, but I’ll probably watch the fight, I’ll probably buy the fight, and I’ll probably read about it leading up to it,” the Sports Illustrated senior writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show, referring, of course, to the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather blockbuster in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. “What I think will happen is Mayweather showing the tactical defensive brilliance that he’s exhibited throughout his Hall of Fame career, making McGregor miss, making him move around the ring, and ultimately winning a lopsided decision that goes 12 rounds. We saw it in Mayweather/Pacquiao, and Pacquiao is one of the best fighters on the planet. I think that’s what we’ll see again in August.”
Bishop thinks Mayweather may even score a knockout for the first time since 2007 (unless you count the Victor Ortiz incident from 2011).
“I think there’s an outside chance that Floyd scores a knockout,” Bishop said, “but Conor’s proven to be tough. He’s proven he can take a punch. Floyd fought Canelo Alvarez, one of the best fighters on the planet, and he made Alvarez look slow. He made it so this big, huge guy that hits really hard and is super young couldn’t get anywhere near him, couldn’t touch him up. He was able to move away from that. I don’t see this really being any different. Floyd beat, I think, 17 world champions over the course of his career. None of them really touched him up. Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley are the two that probably hit him the hardest that I can recall. I just sort of see this playing out like a typical Mayweather fight – except that everything leading up to it wont be typical and everything afterward won’t be typical because there’s going to be so much hype and fake animosity. You just see where it’s headed.”
Bishop made another prediction: This won’t be Mayweather’s last fight.
“Here’s another crystal ball for you,” Bishop said. “I think he fights McGregor, I think he wins an easy, unanimous decision, and then I think he fights Pacquiao again. Just think about how much money he’ll end up banking off those things, and it’ll ultimately end up being two wins, two UD wins, and then he can retire at 51-0.”