During Floyd Mayweather’s media conference call yesterday, the multiple world champion touched on the subject of Conor McGregor dropping Paulie Malignaggi during sparring.
The 20 second clip of the intense sparring session released by Dana White caused a bit of controversy, especially in the boxing community. A lot of casuals followers have gained more faith in Conor after seeing the footage, but the Floyd was not fooled.
“We’re sitting here judging Paulie, a guy that’s been retired and just commentating and traveling the world, not going to the gym at all, going in there with a guy that’s just working out — an athlete period, that’s just working out,” said Floyd according to MMAFighting.com
Mayweather gave his opinion on Conor’s shots and thought that most of them looked like illegal blows.
“I had a chance to see it and my thoughts is, it was real interesting.But, you know, a lot of rabbit punching, illegal rabbit punching behind the head. A lot of shots were illegal. A lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots. That’s just my honest opinion,” pondered Floyd.
Conor’s tactics against Malignaggi implied that the Irishman is willing to bend the rules a bit. However, Floyd wasn’t worried about this.
“Even though he had Joe Cortez in his training camp, I still seen him being extremely dirty,” he said.
As we all know, Mayweather has made a career in professional boxing as being the best defensive fighter of his era. But against McGregor, we might see a different Floyd in the ring.
“Like I said on numerous occasions building up to this fight, I’m coming straight ahead, so he don’t have nothing to worry about,” explained Floyd.
He’s also said publically that ‘this won’t be a defensive fight’.
With both fighters most likely expecting knockout victories on their resume, we just might be in for a treat on August 26th.