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03rd Feb 2017

Jose Aldo gives his prediction for potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather showdown

He knows McGregor's power better than anyone.

Darragh Murphy

Jose Aldo is siding with the bookmakers when it comes to the as yet hypothetical clash between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

In December, a Las Vegas sportsbook released odds on the potential bout and the line suggested that they were pretty confident of a Mayweather victory.

Westgate offered odds of 1/25 on the retired boxer getting his hand raised in the ring while ‘The Notorious’ was 11/1 to shock the world by downing one of the greatest of all time in his first foray into the world of pugilism.

And the victim of McGregor’s most famous knockout agrees with that line as Jose Aldo foresees no scenario in which the Irishman gets the better of Mayweather.

“First of all, we don’t know if it will happen or not,” Aldo said during a Friday Q&A, as transcribed by MMA Fighting. “There are a lot of things involved, mainly McGregor has a contract to follow so it’s hard to happen, but if it happens, I don’t think he has a chance.”

Aldo was knocked out in just 13 seconds by McGregor at UFC 194 in December, 2015, in what was the Brazilian’s first defeat in almost a decade.

And the fact that the current UFC featherweight champion wrote McGregor’s victory off as a “lucky shot that connected” means that he has to concede that the Dubliner would, at the very least, have a puncher’s chance against the best defensive boxer of all time.

“Mayweather has the experience of competing for years in the sport of boxing, so I don’t see how,” Aldo continued.

“Of course, it’s a fight, but it’s hard for us MMA fighters to go to a different world challenging one of the best in the history. I don’t see a result different than a win for Mayweather.”

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