Mayweather vs. McGregor: Local Gym Weighs In On What Fight Means To MMA, Boxing

Las Vegas has been preparing for the super fight for months. Now it’s finally going to happen. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and MMA Star Conor McGregor will face off Saturday night in the city’s T-Mobile Arena. Not only is Sin City keeping a close eye on the fight, so are gyms across the nation.

Next Edge Academy Owner Bruce Hoyer said, “I want to see a decision but a very close match.”

If you’re into Mixed Martial Arts, you’ve heard of Next Edge Academy in Sioux Falls. They’ve not only produced UFC Fighters, but Professional Boxers. Hoyer, who never thought the boxing match would happen, says the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight could end up hurting the reputation of either sport.

Hoyer said, “I enjoy them both so much that I would hate to see either of those slighted in the least bit.”

Hoyer says with Mayweather’s 49-0 record, it should be impossible for McGregor to win.

“You have to train wrestling, boxing, kick boxing things like that and so to a boxer a lot of times, the MMA striking is going to look terrible because you have to incorporate some of those avenue,” Hoyer said.

Hoyer expects McGregor to press Mayweather. He says it bodes well for McGregor that Mayweather doesn’t know what to expect.

“I have been doing Brazilian Jujitsu for 17 years, sometimes when a new person comes in, they’re harder to deal with with someone that’s been in it for five or six years, because they’re so unpredictable on what they’re going to do,” said Hoyer.

Hoyer says the way the fighters are getting paid could make a huge difference. He says typically MMA fighters get money for just fighting and more if they win. In boxing, it’s just one purse.

Hoyer said, “It allows that person like Mayweather to be able to sit back on his heels and be defensive.”

However the fight ends up, Hoyer doesn’t believe we’ll see another one quite like this for five to ten years. His prediction is that the fight will go all 12 rounds. He thinks Mayweather will win with a decision.

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