Why is a real boxer able to outclass a fighter like McGregor? Is boxing more highly-skilled compared to MMA, where it is a brawl? An insightful answer to a two-part question from Quora.com. Thought Sherdoggers would enjoy it as much as I did: "Hunter Moore So you take two people. One of them spends 30 years drawing nothing but circles. The other one spends those 30 years drawing circles, squares, triangles, hexagons, octagons, pentagons, stars, ovals, and dodecagons. Then you put those two people together in a room and make them draw the best circle they can. Chances are the guy who has drawn nothing but circles will draw the better circle. He’s had more practice, circles are his thing. But if you ask him to draw all those things the other guy has drawn as well as a circle, he wouldn’t do nearly as well. So the reason McGregor is outclassed in boxing by a boxer, is because the boxer has done nothing but boxing, while McGregor has been doing wrestling and jujitsu and muay thai. He’s used to fighting in a completely different way. Chances are, the world’s best boxer will always be a better boxer than the world’s best MMA fighter when it comes to boxing. Otherwise he wouldn’t be the best boxer, would he? But the idea that MMA is a brawl is wrong. While some MMA fights can be brawls, the same can be said for boxing matches. Neither is really more skill based than the other, the skills needed are just very different. An MMA fighter needs to be able juggle all these different methods of fighting. Punches, kicks, elbows, grappling, submissions, etc. They can’t focus entirely on just one or their opponents can exploit their lack of experience in the other. Meanwhile, a boxer only has to focus on punches. But they also need to potentially fight for much longer, hit harder to make up for thicker gloves, deal with a much tougher defense also due to the bigger gloves, and various other details that MMA fighters don’t deal with. Just because the guy drawing nothing but circles draws better circles than the guy who also draws squares doesn’t mean drawing squares is inferior to drawing circles. They’re two different shapes. Boxing and MMA are two different sports."