Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather, the super-fight between two athletes who are at the top of their respective sports is slated for August 26th. This fight has been called a farce by many experts with most analysts saying that Conor McGregor stands no shot at defeating Floyd Mayweather. Although Conor McGregor is clearly a great fighter, his worth as a boxer is what’s in question and how could it not be? Floyd Mayweather is the greatest defensive boxer of his generation, maybe of all time. Although I am a Conor McGregor fan, I have also been a boxing fan for much longer, i also gave Mcgregor no shot of defeating Floyd Mayweather, but as the pre-fight proceedings have unfolded I am now at least on the fence about who I believe will win.
Conor McGregor showed confidence and had the swagger of a fighter who did not believe he could be beat during press tour and talked trash against Floyd Mayweather like no one ever has. Conor McGregor has also shown in his UFC fights that he has the one punch knockout power required to put a fighter down; therefore, he will always have a puncher’s shot at ruining Floyd Mayweather’s perfect boxing record. Unfortunately for Conor there have been 49 professional boxers, several of whom were world champion boxers, who have been unable to dethrone the fighter who calls himself TBE, the best ever.
Looking to prove many boxing pundits wrong, the McGregor camp brought in Paulie Malignaggi, a two-time and two weight world champion. Malignaggi openly criticized McGregor receiving a boxing license in December of 2016. Malignaggi said in a video, “At first i was telling Conor to stay in his lane and I was thinking you’re going to embarrass yourself, but if you are really going to disrespect the sport of boxing like that then i would like to be the one to teach you that lesson.” After Malignaggi was brought in he was initially complimentary of the MMA super star and was quoted as saying during an interview about the fight, “I think the intensity that Conor is reaching is starting to show in the hard work that he’s put into camp and I think he’s getting better and better.” He described one session by saying that he was starting to get into a groove the middle rounds, but Conor McGregor came on strong towards the end, which may be a testament to Conor McGregor’s conditioning. During this interview Malignaggi was visibly bruised, which he attributed to the fact that he wore open head-gear.
Malignaggi’s praise of Conor, unfortunately, didn’t last as Malignaggi left the McGregor camp prematurely after still photos of McGregor appearing to knock Malignaggi down were released to the public. Malignaggi tweeter that he “came to help this camp out, not to be exploited.” One of the images released was of Malignaggi on the canvas with McGregor standing over him as if he was knocked down by the Irish fighter, but according to Malignaggi, he was not knocked down and was simply pushed down by McGregor. Malignaggi even went as far as to dare McGregor’s camp to release the footage taken during the match. Yesterday, Dana White obliged and posted roughly 24 seconds of footage on his twitter account in which it appeared that Conor McGregor was dominating Paulie Malignaggi during their sparring session. In the footage Conor McGregor appeared to look fresh while Malignaggi looked to be beaten up and tired, but this was to be expected as Malignaggi has recently retired from boxing and McGregor has been conditioning for his August 26th fight with Floyd Mayweather. In one of the clips Conor catches Malignaggi with a clean left cross that snaps his head back. In the second clip we sort of get our answer as to what really happened, McGregor holds Malignaggi’s head down with his left and delivers a short right upper cut, which puts Malignaggi on his back. The aforementioned photos can be seen below.
— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) August 3, 2017
Personally though, I wasn’t convinced from the footage that it was a legitimate knockdown, but I also don’t believe that Paulie was simply pushed down. It appeared to me that the knockdown was more attributable to Paulie being fatigued and losing his balance. The footage from Dana White’s twitter is linked below so that you can be the judge.
Who do you believe will win? I initially gave McGregor a zero percent chance of winning, but I now feel that McGregor can, at the very least, get a lucky shot in that is able to knock Floyd Mayweather out. I feel that is the only way Conor can get a win over Floyd Mayweather, there’s no way that boxing Judges would give the bout to an MMA fighter over the Las Vegas cash cow that is Floyd Mayweather. Let us know on the comment section about how you feel about this upcoming fight, thank you.
— Dana White (@danawhite) August 12, 2017
— Dana White (@danawhite) August 12, 2017
Sources: @danawhite @brandonmagnus_photo @TheNotoriousMMA @ConormcGregor5