Some really bizzarre comments on this thread. I dont want to repeat much of what has already been said but just wanted to mention a few things on some of the points been made.
On McGregors boxing skills, Id wager money that Conor Mcgregor can throw a left hook as hard as anyone at his weight in boxing. His overall technique is not going to be on the same level as a pro boxers but how could it be? Its silly comparing the two. In fact its impossible to compare. Most people will have watched boxing at some stage in their lives and may know a thing or two about it, but to think MMA is in anyway similar is madness. For a start the fighters dont even stand the same, there is no real orthodox/southpaw in MMA. Fighters are reffered to as one or the other but if you watch them they will change stances loads of times throughout the fight. and some will even be crouched with knees bent in jui jitsu style stance.
The obvious difference between a pro boxer and MMA fighter to me is head movement. MMA fighters by nature are much easier to hit than boxers. Combine this with 4oz gloves and your going to see a good fast and percise boxer knock people out in an octagon. You have athletes from all types of backrounds in it, BJJ Kickboxing, Judo Taekwondo, muay thai, wrestlig etc… none of them are pro boxers, nor do they try to fightt like one. A pro boxer wouldnt last ten seconds in the octogon.
To think that McGregor is not well rounded in the other martial arts is also way off the mark. Conor is a purple belt in BJJ. That is a high level in terms of ground fighting. He was locked in a cage with a black belt for 25 mins in his last fight and still won the contest. The time before that he was submitted by the black belt, but only when he offered him his back because Mcgregor was empty cardiowise. It was that or he was getting knocked out, nothing to do with Conors technique in grappling though. Also his coach is like the founding father of BJJ in Ireland, the first black belt in the country. He is not going to train anyone without a special emphasis on BJJ. Dillon Danis, another of McGregors coaches is one of the best BJJ practitioners in the world at 22 years of age. I dont expect people who dont practice BJJ to have a clue what they’re talking about when it comes to the sport and its been proven in here. You can wtch all the UFC you want but until you’ve learned some of the techniques and practice it yourself you wont have an appreciation for whats going on in a fight, hence the reason people find it isnt easy on the eye when two lads are just ‘rolling’ around the ground for 20 mins. This is also a reason, among others, that BJJ is not an olympic sport.
If people want to call Conor and his fans ‘thicks’ than thats a clearer reflection of themselves and their snobbery rather than him.