Former UFC Lightweight champion, and Conor McGregor's last opponent, Eddie Alvarez has weighed in on the Notorious' chances in his upcoming boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
And while most observers are a bit skeptical about McGregor's chances (to say the least), the man who's been on the receiving end of the Dubliner's blows isn't one of the skeptics.
The pair met last November in what was an historic event for the UFC, with the event taking place Madison Square Garden - the UFC was in New York for the first time in their history. (MMA was previously banned in the state of New York)
McGregor became the first person in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously when he defeated the Philadelphia born fighter by TKO in the second round.
In what was portrayed as McGregor's toughest fight at that time, the Irishman dispatched Alvarez with relative ease and now the former lightweight champion has been talking up his former foe's chances on ESPN's Five Rounds Podcast,
Conor has about three or four rounds to get this done and when this comes down to being a technical boxing match, which is usually around round four, between round five to 12, it usually goes to the more technical boxer.
I think within those four rounds, if you don’t think Conor can knock this guy out, you’re an idiot or you just dont know fighting because it can very well happen.
If he doesn’t get it done by then, it could look very one-sided. The technical boxing of Floyd Mayweather is enough to make it look really one-sided for him. But Conor, there is a real chance he can put him away.
It's a rare show of support for McGregor's chances in the fight, and it comes from a very reliable source in someone that knows exactly what he can do. It's worth noting though that even Alvarez is only suggesting that this COULD happen, not that it will. If Conor can't achieve a knockout early, he has very little chance.
With the trashy press conferences dispensed with, all we can look forward to now is the fight on August 26 in the T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.