Conor McGregor

17 Aug, 2017
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McGregor: I’ll break Mayweather inside four rounds

Interview

McGregor talks to O’Brien, with O’Brien referencing his appearance on the show two year’s before, where McGregor said he wanted to fight Mayweather for the first time.

COB: Conor, you first predicted this fight two years ago on this show. Let’s take a look…What if you were in the ring with Floyd Mayweather?

CMG: If your asking if I’d like to fight Floyd, who wouldn’t like to dance around the ring for $180 million? If we were to get it on, I would most certainly dismantle him.

In the present day:

CMG: There will be no dancing in there. I’m going to go straight forward, and put him away…inside four rounds!…

Responding to Mayweather saying he is going to go down on his face or his back:

I’m going down…down in the history books.

Conor McGregor Predicts He'll Break Floyd Mayweather Inside Four Rounds – CONAN on TBS

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McGregor praises Celtic FC banner

Tribute

McGregor praises a UFC-themed banner that was displayed at Celtic’s match against Astana. The banner uses McGregor’s motto: We’re not here to take part – We’re here to take over.

Celtic Football Club STAND UP!!! This is what die hard support from your fans looks like! What a sight! What a team! Thank you all!

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McGregor: I am still the UFC featherweight and UFC lightweight champion

Makes Statement

On his media conference call, McGregor says he still considers himself the UFC featherweight and UFC lightweight champion

I mean, how can I not consider myself the UFC featherweight world champion and the UFC lightweight world champion? The current UFC featherweight world champion is Max Holloway, a man who I dismantled, and the former was Jose Aldo — I still reign supreme over that division. And then also, the 155-pound division, I know there’s talks of an interim belt, I’d only won that belt, and literally a month later there was an interim scheduled…But it is what it is, everyone knows I am the multiple-weight world champion of the UFC’s featherweight division and lightweight division, and I look forward to going back and continuing where I left off.

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Mayweather: McGregor will lose 90% of his purse if he kicks

Makes Statement

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mayweather talks about what would happen if McGregor kicks him.

That’s a huge fine. I don’t think he wants to lose 90 per cent of his money, or even more. I don’t really know what it’s gonna be [the fine] but it’s gonna be a heavy fine.

Asked if he would kick McGregor back:

I’m not gonna do that. I follow the Queen’s rules of boxing.

And if he would fight in MMA:

As of right now, we gotta get past August 26. Once we get past August 26, then we can talk about other things.

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McGregor to fight Mayweather in 8-ounce gloves

Judgement

The Nevada State Athletic Commission votes to allow the McGregor-Mayweather fight to take place using 8-ounce gloves — a first of its kind in boxing. McGregor believes the drop in glove size is to his advantage:

I am very pleased with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s handling of my next bout today. Fair play was kept all the way through. Referee – Hall of famer Robert Byrd. Judges – Burt Clements. Dave Morreti and Guido Cavalerri. 8oz gloves approved, with pre and post fight analysis of the gloves on the night. This was handled very well and very fairly by the NSAC. I am very pleased and respect the commissions ruling on this. Ten days until fight time.

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‘There’s Only One Conor McGregor’ released as charity single

Single Release

Mick Konstantin releases There’s Only One Conor McGregor, with proceeds to go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The track is available for download on iTunes here.

It’s all been a bit crazy really. I really love creating music people enjoy, I could never have dreamt that the song would have reached the heights it has. I couldn’t believe it. McGregor’s team rang me the following day and told me McGregor loved the song. That was amazing that he heard the song and liked it, but McGregor and his team asked if I’d like to go to the fight. It was a dream come true…The support I’ve received for this song has been immense, and I’m going to have the trip of a lifetime to see McGregor in action in Vegas. I felt I had to give something back. I have decided to donate all iTunes sales of There’s Only One Conor McGregor, until the fight to a charity Conor supports. The proceeds of the sales will go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. “I’d love to see the hospital benefit from this and see the proceeds going to a good cause.

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White: McGregor ‘is going to be the biggest athlete on the planet’

Makes Statement

White says that boxing has snubbed MMA, and is now ready for a wake up call.

Here’s the reality: boxing has tried to snub this sport for a very long time. The people who think is going to be this one-sided whatever with Floyd Mayweather, don’t know Conor McGregor yet. The beautiful thing about this thing is that it’s the biggest combat sport [event] ever in the history of combat sports — now you’re going to meet Conor McGregor, motherf—s!…When he makes this upset — and it’ll be the biggest upset in the history of sports — he’s going to be the biggest athlete on the planet. It’s going to be awesome.

Dana White talks McGregor/Mayweather, Breaking Records, and Paulie Malignaggi

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Malignaggi calls out McGregor

Makes Statement

Malignaggi says he wants to settle his feud with McGregor in a boxing ring.

It’s picked up a ton of momentum, the bad blood is there so let’s fight. We’ll need to see how he looks against Mayweather. If he looks dog s***, no one will want to see us fight. As long as he doesn’t get the living s*** beaten out of him, I think the demand is there to make the fight…I showed up with the best intentions in camp, but at a certain point you realise that you are being used as a pawn where somebody is trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help…f I never see him or speak to him for the rest of my life, it’s cool.

The MMA Hour: Episode 395 (w/Cormier, GSP, Malignaggi, Hardy in Studio, More)

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White: McGregor ‘gave Malignaggi a one-sided beating’

Makes Statement

White talks about suggestions by Malignaggi that he had edited the McGregor sparring footage to make McGregor look better.

What am I Steven Spielberg! Come on! It’s footage of the actual sparring. I was there for all 12 rounds. Paulie has said some bad things about me. I felt sorry for the guy. It was a one-way beating. A lot of people were saying Conor couldn’t box. Paulie was obviously lying about everything about the sparring match, so I released it….I got no problem releasing the full tape, the problem is that Conor doesn’t want Mayweather to see everything he’s working on…It was very one-sided. it was an absolute beating. It was the right thing for Paulie Malignaggi to leave, for his health’s sake…Conor’s going to come at [Mayweather] different than anyone he’s every faced before. It’s not going to be a boxing match, it’s going to be a fight.

Dana White "Conor McGregor gave Malignaggi a one sided beating"

14 Aug, 2017
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Alvarez: ‘You’re a fool if you don’t think Conor can put Floyd away’

Makes Statement

Alvarez says not to underestimate McGregor.

I think a lot of boxing fans are looking at Conor as if he’s never, ever boxed. Even the way they’re talking seems that they’re writing him off like he never boxed. He boxed, he understands boxing. I just think his chance is going to happen within the first four rounds. And Conor can. I think you’re a fool if you don’t think Conor can put Floyd away. I think he can. I think he can land a punch and put Floyd away…I think if it goes past the fourth round and gets in the fifth, sixth, seventh where it can become a technical boxing match, I think it could look look one sided. Floyd’s the king of that, he’s the king of swimming and not getting wet. He can punch and not get hit. So I think if it goes further past five, six, seven, eight he could win by TKO. But I think before that time, that’s where Conor’s time is — in the first four rounds.

12 Aug, 2017
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McGregor: ‘Not really too much of a fan of either’ Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin

Makes Statement

McGregor gives his opinion on Alvarez and Golovkin.

I’m not really too much of a fan of either of those. I think Canelo’s a little but stuck, a little bit flat on his feet. When I watch footage of him I just see him getting peppered — he has no feet under him…Golovkin I think came into camp, for this preparation, badly out of shape. I’m looking at him badly out of shape up in Big Bear and I just see a drained individual. So, although they’re supposedly up there as well, I don’t really think they are.

Conor McGregor not a fan of Canelo or Golovkin, says "Canelo is flat footed & Golovkin out of shape"

14 Aug, 2017
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Fighters mock McGregor’s flailing-arm warmup

Skit

In response to McGregor’s flailing arm warmup at his Media workout.

Several fighters make ‘McGregor Challenge” videos mocking his actions:

I challenge all boxers to the McGregor Challenge @stevennelsonboxing @redder402 @coach_chet_

A post shared by Terence Bud Crawford (@tbudcrawford) on

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White: It’s crazy to rule out McGregor beating Mayweather

Makes Statement

White says he believes in McGregor’s ability to beat Mayweather.

I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago. Everything he’s told me he’s going to do, he’s done, so if he says he’ll beat Floyd Mayweather inside four rounds, he will. I don’t think Conor underestimates him, he obviously respects him but you’ve got to remember – Floyd is 41 years old and Conor McGregor is 28 years old. He’s the bigger, stronger fighter. People aren’t giving him a chance and that’s just crazy. This is going to be a fight, and anything can happen in a fight…[8 ounce gloves] definitely benefits Conor. First of all, Floyd isn’t a big puncher, he’s not a knockout puncher. His whole game is defence, using the gloves to defend himself and smaller gloves means Conor will have more places to hit. We’ve always wanted to have smaller gloves, they didn’t want it and now all of a sudden Floyd has decided that he wants smaller gloves. So now we have a hearing with the state commission this week and hopefully that will happen. Conor isn’t concerned about Floyd’s punching power at all.

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The Mac Life – Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather | Episode 1

Video appearance

The Mac Life releases the first episode of their behind-the-scenes video series, The Mac Life – Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather. The episode follows McGregor through his Media Workout.

I’m the face of the fight game. And I’ll rule over both with an iron fist. An iron left fist…It’s okay to love me as much as I love me!

The Mac Life: Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather | Episode 1

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The McGregor Effect trailer

Trailer

Collider Productions releases the trailer for the documentary, The McGregor Effect, which will be released on August 20. It includes narrations from fans who have been inspired by McGregor, such as Thomas Nolan, who was inspired to lose a huge amount of weight and become a personal trainer.

It’s a few different backgrounds my story being one. Another is the guys who done the mural in the gym of him smacking Mayweather, another one is an Irish female world kickboxing champion. [It’s about] how he’s inspired people in not only sports, but all aspects of life, basically giving hope to a country that was becoming a bunch of nagging negative Nancys.

13 Aug, 2017
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Porter reacts to McGregor-Malignaggi sparring footage

Makes Statement

Porter, who will face Mayweather Promotions’ Thomas Dulorme in the main event of the Fox Prelims for McGregor vs. Mayweather on August 26th, talks about the McGregor-Malignaggi sparring session.

That’s a knockdown. That’s a knockdown…Conor’s roughing up Paulie a lot like he should do Floyd…And he’s bringing that left hand, which we’re all being told is going to be his deadly punch.

SHAWN PORTER WATCHES MCGREGOR VS. MALIGNAGGI SPARRING CLIP; WAS IT A KNOCKDOWN OR PUSH?

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McGregor rewards fan who wrote song

McGregor rewards Mick Konstantin, the fan who wrote a song about the fighter’s build up to his fight with Mayweather.

McGregor:

It was one hell of a song. It’s a very catchy song. We actually reached out to the guy…I had my people reach out to him and we’re booking him a flight, him plus one. We’re going to bring him over to the fight and get him tickets and put him up in a hotel and I’m going to meet him maybe after the fight. It’s one hell of a song…I’m going to bring him in as a thank you for the support. What a song, it’s the journey in music form…Myself and my team, we enjoyed it very much, so we’re going to fly him out.

Konstantin:

Cannot even begin to thank himself and all his crew enough. They really are legends, and will never forget this gesture. Really is the stuff of dreams.

The song will also be released as a single and is expected to be available for download and streaming soon.

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McGregor: Mayweather down in 2 rounds with 8oz gloves

Interview

McGregor says the switch to lighter gloves is to his advantage.

It’s backfired on him, I believe…I already agreed to it, but I put it in front of the public, and it must have dented his ego. That’s it. He tried to go ‘let’s do the eight ounces’. Now we’re going to do the eight ounces. Great, I usually fight in four so I don’t give a f***. I accepted these stipulations. No Mexican [gloves], no horsehair, no 10 ounce, all that. Eight ounce great. He’ll be asleep inside two [rounds]…[10 ounce in four]…I’m just trying to be humble. He’s gonna be down in the first. The only reason he may survive the first is because has ten seconds, and I can’t pounce in a mixed martial arts bout.

12 Aug, 2017
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McGregor: I’ll be 20 pounds heavier than Mayweather in the ring

Makes Statement

McGregor says he will be heavier than Mayweather.

You ain’t never seen me troubled by no small man like that…If he comes in any heavier [than 150] he’s not going to be in peak physical condition. If he comes in at 150, he’s in peak physical condition, but he’s gonna be 150 pounds. I’m going to be 170 plus on the night. If  I don’t know what else to say…It’s over before it even begins. Trust me on that.

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Lobov: Malignaggi didn’t land anything on McGregor

Makes Statement

Lobov, McGregor’s long-time training partner and fellow UFC fighter, says Malignaggi wasn’t used to not being the centre of attention.

In boxing they very rarely train in camps. You very rarely see two champions train together.  It’s always centered around one guy – he is the star and then everyone else is there to support him. Paulie just was not used to not being that star, he just wasn’t able to deal with it.

On the ‘pushdown’:

Sorry that there was no good pictures of Paulie, because he didn’t land anything in sparring!  So, what can we do?

On McGregor being cheap with sparring partners:

They had their own house.  A normal house, they had a car, they had their meals sorted.  Three meals a day sorted from a restaurant.  You know, not just where they had to cook themselves.  No, they had restaurant meals delivered to them, every day, three times a day.  And they were getting paid!  I mean, what else can you ask for?

ARTEM LOBOV "PAULIE DIDNT LAND ANYTHING IN SPARRING! TRUE FLOYD KNOWS EVERYTHING BUT KNOWS NOTHING!"

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All Access: Episode 3

Video appearance

McGregor and Mayweather appear in the third Episode of Showtime’s All Access. McGregor:

I could snap him down, latch up his neck and sleep him in seconds. So, I don’t give a fuck about him, I don’t hold respect for him, I will not show him respect in the fight. I don’t think he lasts four rounds, that’s being honest. Not only do I think I will beat him, I think I will also make it look easy.

Mayweather vs McGregor – All Access: Episode 3

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McGregor: We were worried about Malignaggi, he ‘took a lot of head trauma’

Makes Statement

At his Media Scrum, McGregor talks about his sparing session with Malignaggi.

He was looking for an exit. The spars were not good for him. He took a lot of head trauma. Straight after it we were worried. The sparring partners were actually telling us when he was dropped back at the home that he was stumbling out of the car after the 12-rounder…He was flattened against the ropes; multiple times the ropes kept him on his feet. We were worried about him. We thought the worst was about to happen. He was certainly badly concussed. And then he just got out of there and went running…He showed (up), he tried his best, it didn’t go his way. He got his ass whooped, he got his pride dented, and then he wanted a way out. What better way for a guy like him to exit under a load of questions…He was flattened. What can I say? He got his ass whooped. But I like the guy. He’s kind of like a lovable mouthpiece.

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McGregor: Mayweather is a ‘rat and a weasel’ for racism claims

Makes Statement

In response to accusations from Mayweather that McGregor’s team called his team ‘monkeys’:

I just didn’t like when he called us monkeys. I think that was totally disrespect. He called us monkeys. I didn’t like it. It didn’t push a button to make me jump out of my character and go crazy, but I didn’t like it.

At his Media Scrum, McGregor says:

He knows there’s no racism from me; his father knows, [his manager] Leonard Ellerbe knows, ask these people. He says I labelled him a monkey, I never once labelled him or any other African American a monkey, and it f****** annoys me he’s bringing this stuff up…If I was to label him after any animal it would be a rat or a weasel, that’s a rat and a weasel move trying to manipulate someone’s words and create something that isn’t even there. That’s such a sensitive subject. He’s a man who beats his wife in front of his kid. He is the dirt of the dirt so to even bring that up and engage in that, that shows me his true colours.

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McGregor-Malignaggi sparring video

Video appearance

White posts a video of McGregor and Malignaggi sparring.

For all the people who think @thenotoriousmma can’t box. This is gonna be a FIGHT!!!! For those that don’t know this is Conor vs Paulie Malignaggi former IBF and WBA World Champion.

11 Aug, 2017
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Mayweather: McGregor’s switch strategy won’t work

Video appearance

At his Media Scrum, Mayweather says he has been keeping a close eye on McGregor’s preparations for their fight, and says he already know McGregor’s game plan, and says it won’t work against him.

It’s about doing your homework. It’s not really just watching fight tapes. It’s knowing the person that you’re facing across the ring from you…That’s called doing your due diligence and your homework on your opponent. Not just watching film and fight tapes…Even right now. I know what Conor McGregor is down to. He’s down. I think he was a little bit heavy. I think he’s at 160 now, so he’s down. Yeah, I mean I know what’s going on.

McGregor, he’s going to come out, and he’s going to keep switching. I already know what he’s going to do. He’s going to come out southpaw, then he’s going to switch the other way. But when you keep switching, all you’re going to do is burn energy.

Floyd Mayweather Media Workout Scrum – MMA Fighting

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Ellerbe: $60 million box office answers critics

Makes Statement

Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather productions says critics of the fight, such as Oscar de la Hoya, are on the wrong track.

The fact of the matter is we have over $60 million in the box office right now, which is more than double any other live gate that’s ever been done. The fight that they have on the 16th of September (Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin) next month, our fight right now we’ve got more in the box office right now — double — than they will have…Mind your f****** business. “You know? It’s like do your job, cover the sport. Obviously, you have to give your opinion, which we understand that. It’s like, we don’t see you saying nothing else about anybody else’s events. We know what this is about. It’s like, OK, one thing is for sure — you’re not gonna stop this event. The fans demanded this event and that’s what they’re gonna get. We didn’t ask for this. Social media was on fire because these two guys were going at it…Did we happen to miss the world tour? Did we see the record number of amount of fans to come out and support a world tour. You kidding me?

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Mayweather: Beating McGregor by decision would be ‘win for him’

Makes Statement

Mayweather says he will have failed if he fails to knock out McGregor in their upcoming fight.

If the fight goes the distance it is a win for him. But I don’t think that is going to happen. He is going around saying that it will be over in four rounds, and he might be right. But it will be because I say so, and not him…The people should expect entertainment, and that is what I am going to give them. They have to understand that this is a show. One of the biggest shows in history. No one is going to be disappointed. I will be coming forward. I am coming to get him.

10 Aug, 2017
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McGregor becomes Betsafe Ambassador

Sponsorship Deal

Betsafe announces a sponsorship deal for McGregor to become a brand ‘ambassador’.

Here at Betsafe, history is also in the making with this incredible partnership. With the same values and determination, anything can happen! McGregor joins our MMA sponsorships with Cage Warriors and several other fighters that are already signed up. We’re looking forward to giving you behind the scenes access to the prized fighter, exclusive promotions and once in a lifetime experiences. Stay tuned and check out some of what you can look forward to! In It To Win It.

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Mayweather-McGregor undercard announced

Appearance announcement

Showtime and Mayweather Promotions announce three bouts for the Aug. 26 boxing event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, including a pair of title fights. In a WBA light heavyweight title match, champion Nathan Cleverly will defend his belt against Badou Jack, a former WBC super middleweight champion who is stepping up in weight. Cleverly:

This is a fight I have wanted ever since Badou Jack moved to light heavyweight and I’m delighted to fight in Vegas on an event like this.

Badou:

To be a part of this event and fighting on this card is historic. Nothing beats it. I’m excited to get back in the ring. I’m getting ready to take that belt, and win a title in my second weight class.

In an IBF junior lightweight title matchup, undefeated Gervonta Davis defends his belt against Costa Rica’s Francisco Fonseca. A 10-round cruiserweight bout, between Chicago’s Andrew Tabiti and Philadelphia’s Steve Cunningham, is also announced.

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There’s Only One Conor McGregor

Music Performance

Mick Konstantin releases a song about McGregor’s upcoming fight with Mayweather.

Mayweather, your old and your small
And the truth is that you’ll do feck all
Cos precision beats power and timing beats speed
“Why have you got a school bag Floyd you can’t even read”

Well he dresses to kill, buys lamborghinis at will
Can get inside your head like he was Dr. Phil
And if you call him out, have a good reason why
Or he’ll turn around and say who the f**k is that guy

And on the 26th of August we’re taking over Vegas
The Irish invasion you can’t mistake us
Singing songs day and night til our voices are sore
Cos when one of us goes, we all go to war!!

9 Aug, 2017
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Barker: McGregor should fight Malignaggi next

Makes Statement

Former world champion Darren Barker says McGregor should stay in boxing after facing Floyd Mayweather and settle his feud with Malignaggi.

I think McGregor will box again after this fight. I have called it a bad day for UFC, because I think they will lose McGregor. He’ll be loving the hype around this fight and especially the money…He won’t be able to get an opponent like Mayweather again, but he is going to love being involved in the No 1 combat sport which is boxing, no doubt. It’s stood the test of time and I think McGregor will want to be a part of it for years to come…I think McGregor released those pictures for his own confidence, regardless of what happened, to try and unsettle Mayweather in some way. But that’s going to be impossible as Mayweather has seen and heard it all before. Good luck to McGregor for trying.

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Mayweather: ‘This is for all the blacks around the world’

Interview

In an interview with ESPN, Mayweather says  he will not fight defensively, and will take the fight to McGregor, and that he didn’t like McGregor calling his team ‘monkeys’.

If you look like it on paper, it leads to Conor McGregor…This can’t be a defensive fight. I gotta go there. I have to go to him. I gotta do what I gotta do. I owe the public for the Pacquiao fight…I didn’t like when he called us monkeys. That was disrespectful. I didn’t like it…I just thought about all our different leaders, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, that went on the front line for me and my family and all of my loved ones. And this stuff still goes on. But I’m smart, strong and patient…This is for all the blacks around the world.

Floyd Mayweather "I'll Go After Conor" No Defense Wants KO! Angry at the Monkey Comment

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Roddy: McGregor gets better every day, every week

Makes Statement

Roddy, McGregor’s striking coach, praises his fighter’s progress.

We’re all very happy and very excited. Conor improves on a daily basis. The Conor of today is better than the Conor of yesterday. He gets better every day, every week. We’ve got another three weeks, so there will be huge improvements again. He is such a good student. He has a great ability to pick up on things. I don’t know how he does it. I’ve never seen it before from any student. From the start of camp to now, he has improved phenomenally and he will continue to improve over the next couple of weeks. It’s so exciting.

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Bradley: I was there when McGregor sparred Malignaggi

Makes Statement

In an article in The Irish News, Tiernan says he is surprised by Malignaggi’s statements.

Any time I’ve logged on to social media, it’s been ‘Paulie say this’ or ‘Paulie says that’ – we all know Paulie can talk, but even he must be exhausted after doing so many interviews. It’s almost a week since he left the training camp, and it was a shame to see him go. Although he was only really about for a week-and-a-half, Paulie was a good guy to have around the place. But, having been here the whole time, some of the things he has come out with in the last seven days have taken me by surprise.

On the sparring session:

I did Paulie’s corner for the spar, their second after a feisty first encounter, and I can safely say it will be very interesting when the video comes out after the fight. When you’re in sparring, sometimes you think you’re doing better than you are, but watching back afterwards can reveal the true nature of the spar. I’ve experienced that myself, you start to notice little things you did wrong, or maybe punches landed that you don’t remember…Conor stayed very professional; Paulie was saying stuff and then getting hit. Conor chose his moments to talk back. There are tactics to mental warfare too, knowing when to talk, and then there’s stupidity.It wasn’t a one-sided spar either way but I thought one was the clear winner overall and that was Conor. He was very calm, very professional and, honestly, he really impressed me on the day.

When Malgnaggi saw the ‘shovedown’ photo:

He was clearly pissed off, showing us his phone, saying ‘what the f**k?’ or whatever. It was weird though because after that Conor came into the changing room but Paulie didn’t mention it, even though they did speak. We were in the car home from training to get food and Paulie was like ‘drop me back to the house’. You could see he was hanging his head, thinking about things. He was in a bad mood. We left him to the house and when we came back he was gone – we were only away about 45 minutes. He must’ve been straight in, suitcase packed, out the door…As for the ‘knockdown’ itself, you can make your own mind up when the footage is eventually released, if anybody even cares by that stage. I’ve seen people say that, from the photo, you can tell that it was a push down by the body language of Joe Cortez. I can tell you now – Joe didn’t see the incident that led to Paulie being on the ground. He didn’t see it.

This camp is not about Paulie. When we’re in the gym, we’re concentrating on Conor, getting him ready. I did some school sparring with him on the Thursday, the day Paulie left and it was as if nothing had happened. This is not the Big Brother house. It’s a training camp, and that’s all anybody left here cares about.

8 Aug, 2017
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Referee Cortez: McGregor is an excellent student

Makes Statement

Cortez, who has officiated over 170 world title bouts, comments on the sparring sessions between McGregor and Malignaggi.

August 26th is going to be a big fight here in Las Vegas and the whole world is going to be watching it. It will be one of the biggest pay-per-views in the history of any sport and I’m glad to be part of it in the sense that I’m teaching McGregor how to fight boxing instead of MMA. I’m teaching him the boxing rules, I’m not teaching him to fight, just teaching him the rules. I was hired to teach him the unified rules to make sure he doesn’t commit any fouls. I don’t want to see him disqualified or have any point deductions during the fight…He’s an excellent student, he’s learning real quick. Everything I’m teaching him, he’s learning. This is the biggest fight for him and these guys are making over 100 million dollars a piece. They better abide by the rules and listen to what I’m telling them because we want a good clean fight…McGregor is a puncher. McGregor is quick with his punches, he hits hard, so anything is possible.

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Malignaggi: McGregor is a ‘scumbag’, ‘dirtbag’

Interview

On The MMA Hour, Malignaggi talks about his sparring experience with McGregor, admitting McGregor beat him in their first session.

It’s an uphill battle you’d always gonna be fighting. I just decided I gotta go.. No matter what happens in sparring — I could throw in a 10 or 12 hour beating, but he’s still gonna have photos take only for him..It’s a little bit frustrating…I really came in with the best of intentions…He got better from the first time to the second time but it’s still new to him so the increments he’s growing at are quite small. My reactions and timing started to come back so I got way better from the first one…It’s about ego, and I’m not an ass-kisser like the guys around him. It’s all about status, he’s a scumbag. It’s all about who kisses his ass better…I’ve met a few scumbags in my life but this guy is one of the biggest dirtbags I’ve ever met in my life, bar none. I don’t care if we never speak again. My life will be fine if I never see Conor McGregor again.

Paulie Malignaggi Details Conor McGregor Sparring Experience

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Bisping: McGregor can beat Mayweather, but only with an early KO

Makes Statement

Bisping says McGregor has to hit early.

Of course he has a chance, everybody has a puncher’s chance. Conor has more than a puncher’s chance because he’s working and sparring hard, he’s athletic and he’s got good timing. But to win he’s got to turn it into a brawl, simple as that. He can’t try to outbox Floyd Mayweather because he will lose if he tries to. He’s got to go for the early knockout. The longer the fight goes the more it swings in Floyd’s favour.

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Malignaggi: McGregor is weird and arrogant

Interview

Malignaggi continues to criticise McGregor, during an interview on Fox 5.

Only his photographers are allowed in the gym, so they’re gonna get pictures favorable to him. I don’t mind that…He knows, and I know that that wasn’t from a punch. He was actually frustrated from being getting beaten up that day, and that was actually a shovedown, a pushdown…I wouldn’t have went around saying I’d beat up McGregor, if I wasn’t forced to…He can definitely fight, he is an MMA champion. But as for boxing…he has to progress, and it’s not so easy to come along that fast…My problem with Conor is his arrogance. He’s arrogant to the point where he can’t make progress, he can’t learn. He doesn’t want to be told he’s doing something wrong…I’m not like Conor McGregor, even if I had knocked down Conor McGregor and had a picture of it, I wouldn’t have posted it on social media…He’s trying too hard to sell it…He took it a little personally, he’s a bit of a weird guy in in that way.

BEEF!!! Paulie Malignaggi rips into McGregor – "He's Weird & Arrogant"

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Malignaggi: McGregor ‘whimpers like a girl when he gets ripped’

Makes Statement

In a series of tweets, Malignaggi says he regrets agreeing to spar with McGregor and is promising to reveal everything about the training sessions later this week.

Yea but this coming week I’ll actually start to discuss a bit what happened Tuesday, he whimpers like a girl when he gets ripped to body lol…Truthfully I was tryin hard 2 not make him look bad but if u listen 2 me b4, the praise is hollow, there wasn’t much substance 2 that praise…I won’t speak tactics of his, that I wouldn’t do, I still have some ethics I’m not Conor but def will give the story straight about stuff…I did  [give him an ass whoppin’] after Tues work, I suppose the ass whippin didn’t suit him so he posted dumb pics again by Thurs while skipping sparring that day…I wouldn’t say that {McGregor gave me a tough session], a guy who’s been retired 4 months n jus got back in  gym 2 spar with him was kickin his ass by second sparring sesh lol.

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Contract: McGregor has to take twice as many drug tests as Mayweather

McGregor has been tested by the anti-doping agency ten times in comparison to five times for Mayweather. This is because McGregor’s UFC contract requires him to be available for random testing at all times, as well as new testing for the boxing match with Mayweather. So far, McGregor has been tested five times for MMA, and five times for boxing. USADA tests look for banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines, as well as EPO, HGH and other such illicit drugs. USADA:

[Testing] primarily focuses on out-of-competition testing, all samples are analyzed at WADA accredited labs and the rules are consistent with the WADA Code and UFC Anti-Doping Policy.