Highly considered considered one of finest coaches in MMA, American Kickboxing Academy’s Javier Mendez thinks Jake Paul would give Conor McGregor a run for his cash within the ring.
Mendez, who’s coached Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, and Luke Rockhold to UFC titles, is conversant in McGregor’s sport having helped Nurmagomedov practice for his or her UFC 229 title struggle in October 2018.
Although McGregor put up a valiant effort towards one of many biggest boxers of all time in Floyd Mayweather, Mendez thinks Paul’s boxing expertise and dimension would give him an excellent probability towards the previous UFC two-division champ.
“Jake has got so many advantages on Conor,” Mendez mentioned in an interview with Betway Insider. “Size being one of many massive main ones, and the truth that he’s been boxing for three-plus years with actually good boxing professionals that know what they’re doing. So, no, he shouldn’t must concern Conor in anyway.
“Instead, he has to fear people like Canelo (Alvarez). He would just smash him in one round. It would be embarrassing. He hasn’t got a chance against those kinds of guys; he really should stay away from him. But against Conor, absolutely he has a chance. Looking at the two, Jake’s got big advantages in size and power. Yes, he doesn’t have fight experience, but he’s been strictly just boxing for a long time now. Conor’s not been strictly boxing.”
Paul is 4-0 within the boxing ring and coming off his largest win thus far, a break up choice over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in August. Mendez lauded Paul’s boxing means and sees enhancements within the YouTube star’s expertise.
“I have first-hand knowledge of seeing Jake do his stuff,” Mendez mentioned. “I have videos that his coaches were sending me, and I have had words with the people that he was sparring with. The guy’s legit. He’s the real deal. Don’t get me wrong; he’s not a top level guy. You can’t be top level with three pro fights, but he has skills and he has power and he has great coaching. He really does. And he’s a good athlete, so combine all those together, and he’s gaining momentum.”
Many have expressed reservations on the Paul brothers’ contributions to boxing, however Mendez is all for it. He is impressed by the variety of eyes they’ve been in a position to garner even after they’re boxing fellow debutants.
“The Paul brothers are extremely likable entertainers or extremely hateable entertainers, depending on your viewpoint,” Mendez mentioned. “They cross each fields. People love them, folks hate them, however folks wish to watch them, so I applaud them for what they’re doing. I respect their skills, however they’re not true boxers. They’re legit boxers, however they’re not excessive stage. They’re not excessive stage in any respect. They’re learners. For learners to do what they do, that’s superb, and I applaud them for that as a result of it takes particular folks to get that type of consideration.
“Whether it’s great for the sport, I’d have to say majority yes because look at Jake Paul’s pay-per-view numbers. How can a guy box another guy that’s never boxed and get that kind of attention? I’d be fooling myself to say nobody’s interested because of the really good numbers. One of the highest numbers of all time on pay-per-view so, you know, when you get over a million, that’s pretty high, so I say kudos to them. They’re doing a great job.”