Eddie Alvarez believes that Conor McGregor has a strong chance of knocking out Floyd Mayweather when the two meet on the 26th of August.
When Alvarez fought McGregor in defence of his UFC lightweight belt back in November of last year in New York, it was the Irishman who emerged victorious.
It took just two rounds for McGregor to tag Alvarez a number of times with both fists before he delivered a knock-out combination that had the former champion in all sorts of trouble on the canvas.
In the aftermath of that fight Alvarez explained that he was surprised by the speed and power of McGregor’s punches – he knew the left was coming but couldn’t do anything about it.
While Alvarez felt McGregor overstepped the mark when he mentioned his family in the build-up to UFC 205, he has surprisingly backed The Notorious to cause an upset when he steps into a boxing ring with Mayweather in late August.
“Within [the first] four rounds, if you don’t think Conor can knock this guy out, you’re an idiot or you just don’t know fighting,” Alvarez said recently.
“It can very well happen. If he doesn’t get it done by then, then it could look very one-sided.
“The technical boxing of Mayweather is enough to make it look really one-sided.
“But Conor, there is a very real chance that he can put him away.”