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4 Sep, 2017

Malignaggi: I’ll fight McGregor for ‘free’

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Malignaggi calls McGregor a ‘punk’ and says he’s capable of stopping the Irishman in the boxing ring.

Conor gets stopped by me. If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy…I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.

3 Sep, 2017

Cook: I stand with ‘Dreamers’

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Apple CEO Cook tweets that he told Trump to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate deal and pushed Trump to show more compassion for immigration issues, including DACA.:

250 of my Apple coworkers are Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.

2 Sep, 2017

Mayweather tried to place £310,000 bet on McGregor fight but walked away after being made to wait

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According to ESPN, Mayweather approached a sports betting vendor in Las Vegas around 3.30pm – just hours before the main event – and tried to stake around £310,000 on the fight ending inside 9.5 rounds. The odds were 1/2, meaning he would have make a £155,000 profit, but the bet was not placed. Concerns over the legality of a fighter betting on anything other than a straight win reportedly caused a delay. He then tried to bet on himself to win by knockout but was again frustrated by the delay and left without staking any money. Source:

He was p*ssed.

Aldo: No moral victory in McGregor’s loss

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Aldo speaks about the series of laugh-crying emojis he tweeted in the moments after McGregor lost to Mayweather.

First of all, I didn’t even watch the fight. I was at a football game… I don’t know. I have people who take care of my social media… You know every athlete has people who handle their social media – who work their social media.

And the ex-champ says he wasn’t particularly surprised when he heard the result.

Conor doesn’t have good cardio, and (they) knew he’s not used to boxing. Mayweather was closed up, just waiting for the time to pounce. The guy hadn’t fought for two years. He didn’t even prepare for the fight.

Asked if thought McGregor won a moral victory by lasting ten rounds:

Of course not. Moral? First of all, you try to prove that with someone who’s almost 41, who’s been away (from the sport). Of course, it was a money fight. A moral victory would have been taking on an active boxer, a champion, and then fought him. And then you’d see how he would barely last a round. Because it’s an entirely different sport. We need to put ourselves in our places. I’m an MMA athlete. I can’t go tomorrow and say I’m going to do muay Thai in Thailand with a Thai fighter, because I can punch and kick well. There’s no way. Each one in their places. I respect martial arts, so I put myself in my place. I don’t see a moral victory.

1 Sep, 2017

Malignaggi: McGregor ‘has no balls’

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McGregor’s former sparring partner, Malignaggi, doesn’t think McGregor made a valiant effort against Mayweather.

The guy has no balls. When you back him into a corner he’s a little pussycat. He quit. If you don’t throw a punch for over a minute, you quit buddy. You can explain it any way you want … you quit buddy, you absolutely did.

Malignaggi, who left McGregor’s team over a series of leaked photos from their sparring sessions, then went on to reiterate his desire to settle his differences with McGregor in the boxing ring.

I don’t like the guy, I never will like the guy, personally I think he’s a scumbag. Just the fact I could sink my fist into his face — I would love that. The fact I could get him looking like the sissy that he is — I would love that.

Former ringside doctor: McGregor may have been hurt more than many think

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Darragh O’Carrol, a former ringside doctor and emergency physician, gives his professional opinion on stopping the fight, Saturday night. McGregor claimed after the fight that he was more fatigued than hurt, but O’Carrol agreed with referee Robert Byrd’s decision to call an end to the fight at the moment he did. O’Carrol explained that Byrd likely didn’t call off the fight due to signs of McGregor just being tired. O’Carrol said as an Irishman, and a self-admitted McGregor fan, that he would like to believe McGregor was just fatigued in the 10th round, but, as a physician and former ringside doctor, he believes the fight was stopped at the right time and for the right reasons.

Byrd’s calculation to call a stoppage was likely not based on signs of fatigue, but rather signs of traumatic brain injury. Ataxia, or dizziness and loss of balance, is one of the hallmarks of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury. Fatigue may cause sluggish and slow movements, but does not cause the imbalance and poor coordination exhibited by McGregor in the 10th round. Being wobbly, in the setting of pugilistic trauma, will always be treated as the result of head trauma and not as fatigue. To let a fighter continue on would be grossly negligent. Continuing the fight would have put McGregor at risk for continued head trauma, [or] repetitive damage leading to a severe traumatic brain injury such as a brain bleed. It wouldn’t be the first time a boxer experienced this, as was tragically the case just this year to young Daniel Franco, who required emergency neurosurgery to save his life.

31 Aug, 2017

Coach: Diaz ‘needs to get paid at least $30 million’ for McGregor trilogy

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Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez says he hopes the big payout for McGregor from the Mayweather fight, could mean more money for his future UFC opponents, particularly Diaz. Diaz’ last two UFC fights were against McGregor in 2016, and he made $2.6 million dollars in those bouts combined. After seeing what McGregor made against Mayweather, and the potential money that could be made in a trilogy bout with McGregor in the UFC, Perez expects 10 times more.

At least $20 million, $30 million. Come on! UFC’s making a whole lot of money, a whole lot of money and they’re pocketing it. They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd – I mean, a good two fighters. It’s just like Mayweather when he fought Berto. It was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd. See, that’s what I’m saying, it’s the fighters that draw the crowd, and Nathan and McGregor, third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million easy.

McGregor calls out Diaz to complete trilogy at 155lbs

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McGgregor calls out Diaz for a third fight as his return to the UFC octagon. It’s 1-1 between the two fighters and McGregor is offering Diaz a shot at his lightweight title should the California fighter want to meet him for a third time. McGregor believes that because he re-matched and beat Diaz at 170 pounds, it’s only fair that Diaz comes down to 155 pounds to meet him for the decider.

I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me. I re-matched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit.

McGregor: I am proud of everyone

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McGregor believes one change to his training camp could have altered the result of his fight with Mayweather. In a lengthy Instagram post, McGregor pays tribute to his team and his opponent, but also admits he could have done with more time to prepare.

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Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

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McGregor calls out Diaz to complete trilogy at 155lbs

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McGregor calls out Diaz for a third fight as his return to the UFC octagon. It’s 1-1 between the two fighters and McGregor is offering Diaz a shot at his lightweight title should the California fighter want to meet him for a third time. McGregor believes that because he re-matched and beat Diaz at 170 pounds, it’s only fair that Diaz comes down to 155 pounds to meet him for the decider.

I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me. I re-matched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit.

Chael Sonnen: McGregor vs Diaz III is next

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Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, says McGregor’s next fight will be a rubber fight with Diaz:

I think [McGregor] is going to fight in the UFC. A little inside information, I think it’s Nate Diaz next.

McGregor says he is open to settling the score with a third deciding fight with Diaz by year’s end, recently saying:

I have certainly many contenders in the mixed martial arts game. I have a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz that’s sitting there, I have options.

29 Aug, 2017

Mayweather Snr: If McGregor keeps boxing ‘somebody’s gonna kill him’

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Mayweather Snr says he was not impressed with McGregor’s fight performance and warns McGregor that he could get killed if he continues to box professionally.

No I wasn’t impressed. I ain’t ever seen anyone talk like the way he talked and then go out there and fight like that. I mean that was pathetic, the way he fought. All the illegal punches and stuff he did, hitting someone on the back of the head. Doing everything, I mean come on man. All that kind of stuff is crazy. Let me tell you something. If he keeps fighting and doing that in boxing, somebody’s gonna kill him.

27 Aug, 2017

Amir Khan: McGregor could beat Paulie Malignaggi

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Khan talks about McGregor’s performance.

Conor’s such a big guy. I think why he got stopped was he got tired. He wasn’t hurt. Whoever was in the ring with him, if they had been smart, he would have ran our have gas, and he would have ended up getting caught him with a couple of shots, like Mayweather caught him…I give him a lot of respect. I’d give him a B minus…Floyd’s timing is good…[Conor] would beat Paulie Malignaggi.

AMIR KHAN IMMEDIATE REACTION AFTER MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR; THINKS CONOR BEATS MALIGNAGGI IF THEY FIGHT

26 Aug, 2017

McGregor’s Irish fans take over Las Vegas

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Ahead of McGregor’s fight with Mayweather, Irish fans crowd the streets and bars of Las Vegas. Fan:

The tickets were costly. We’ll probably have to starve for a couple of months but it was worth it. We’re here for Conor because we know he’s going to do it and we’re here to celebrate afterwards. I couldn’t get off work but I told them I have to get it off, I have to come here to support him.

Another fan:

My head says Mayweather, my heart says McGregor. If [Conor] hits him with one, he might finish him. I’m just here for a good time. We’re here on vacation and we happened to be here for the fight by chance. Just soaking in the atmosphere and the sun, having a good time.”

Kevin Lee: I’ll murder Conor McGregor…after I beat Ferguson

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Lee says he wants McGregor’s belt after he beats Tony Ferguson at UFC 216.

Tony is the toughest fighter in this division. He’s a tougher fighter than McGregor for sure…McGregor’s got zero to lose fighting Mayweather…You can call Conor the champ I guess, because he is on paper…Let’s see what he can do again a young [guy] in his prime…I’ma f**k him up, you feel me? … He knows if the folks wouldn’t break it up, I’ll kill the man. I’ll murder him.

Dana White: Oscar De La Hoya is ‘snorting coke’, Bob Arum is an ‘a-hole’

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After Oscar De La Hoya posts a tweet criticising McGregor and Mayweather. White responds:

WTF?!? Is this guy snorting coke and drinking booze again??!?

White elaborates:

He’s way down with that [Canelo vs. McGregor fight]. Don’t believe his bullsh*t. That guy is so full of sh*t that it’s not even funny. First of all, when this whole thing first went down [with McGregor looking to box] – Oscar De La Hoya was saying ‘oh I would love to have McGregor fight for me and do him and Canelo.’ And as soon as the deal gets made [for Mayweather-McGregor] it’s the worst fight ever made…Oscar De La Hoya is full of sh*t up to here. I still can’t believe he did that . Bob Arum is the biggest jerkoff in this sport by a hundred thousand miles. By far the biggest jerkoff in the sport. Now [De La Hoya] left Arum. Everyone will agree that Arum is just an *sshole. Now De La Hoya, who I’ve known for a long time and I like Oscar, as soon as this fight is made he turns into ‘Oscar De La Arum’ and goes crazy on the fight.

25 Aug, 2017

Mayweather: Malignaggi was my mole in McGregor’s camp

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Mayweather and Malignaggi appear on a video mocking McGregor. During the video Malignaggi repeated the word “suckers” numerous times, and brought a fight poster for Mayweather to sign. Mayweather obliges, but also crossed McGregor’s face out. Mayweather says that Malignaggi acted as a mole in the camp.

Paulie has always been my friend…listen, this is going to stay in Paulie’s family forever…don’t worry, Paulie…me and Paulie gonna stay at the house and talk about strategy…thank you for going over there like I asked you to do,

(WOW!) MAYWEATHER & MALIGNAGGI TEAM UP TO CLOWN "SUCKER" MCGREGOR; HINT AT SETUP AND STRATEGY TALK

Notorious Airways flies 32 passengers to Las Vegas

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McGregor and Betsafe fly 32 of McGregor’s entourage 5634 miles, to Las Vegas from Stanstead Airport, in a specially decked-out private jet. Passengers include Eddie Hearn, Tony Bellew, Jimi Mannuwa, as well as two members of SBG gym, who were surprised by McGregor with a free trip. Passengers receive a bespoke breakfast, lunch and dinner menus; an iPad full of films; and an in-flight safety video from McGregor.

McGregor on Mayweather race comments: ‘Look, what’s his history?’

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After Mayweather talks about McGregor’s comments on race:

It’s all about treating people like you want to be treated. To get respect, you must give respect. He totally disrespected black women, he called black people monkeys and then he spoke disrespectfully to my daughter’s mother and he spoke disrespectfully to my daughter. I’m not going to stoop that low and speak about his child.

McGregor counters:

He’s talking about disrespecting women and all, you know what I mean? I mean, hold the f**king phone here. Look, what’s his history? And I didn’t bring that up before the tour and I didn’t need to and I didn’t want to…There’s a gentlemen’s agreement on some things, you know what I mean? But hey, it’s a ruthless business. So, I’ve been ruthless too. You know what I mean? So it’s what we expect.

Malignaggi: McGregor controversy ‘was planned’

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Malignaggi says he believes the controversy over his ‘pushdown’ photo was planned

I think it was planned,. When I looked back [at what happened], I realized that everything was probably planned from the start. I talked bad about Conor six months ago, I wanted to get the fight, but that happens a lot among boxers. We talk, we try to get the fight. So, when he called me, I thought, Conor already talked bad about me, but since we won’t fight it’s like, hey, we’re friendly to each other, we hug each other — it’s business. If you fight, you fight. If you don’t fight, you understand that it’s [been] business. So, I’m thinking, I’ve been through this before, I’m going to [join the] camp and we’re going to be cool…For me, I wasn’t mad at anything but I started seeing things, and I started getting mad. This guy is doing things on purpose […]. One day, he made me come to the gym at 3:30. We’re supposed to box at 9. I show up at 3:30, no boxing. And I can’t work out because before, Conor has to work out, and I can’t watch him work out. So why do I have to come to the gym at 3:30 [if] we’re supposed to box at 9!? Just to tell me I can’t work out […]? I cannot do this every day for three weeks.

He predicts a ‘dirty’ fight:

I see Conor being very dirty in the beginning [to have Mayweather] confused. A mixed martial artist, when he gets close, what does he do? He grabs you. I was boxing [McGregor on the inside]. He doesn’t know how to fight inside […]. Outside, Floyd is too good. Inside, Conor doesn’t know how to fight, so what is he going to do? After a few rounds, he’s going to realize he’s dead — just like with Nate Diaz.

24 Aug, 2017

McGregor mocks Mayweather’s ‘I hope the referee keeps it fair’ comment

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After Mayweather, during his press conference with McGregor, says:

I hope the referee keeps it fair.

McGregor responds:

All I heard was, ‘Please, ref, keep me safe.’ I may make him beg me to follow the rules here. I believe he’ll be unconscious within one round. … I don’t see him surviving. I’ll flatten him. … After that, I’m starting to think I’ll toy with him.

Malignaggi faces off with McGregor: ‘Did you bring your balls, Conor?’

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McGregor and Malignaggi confront each other outside the McGregor-Mayweather press conference. Malignaggi:

Did you bring your balls, Conor?

McGregor:

I saw him, and I said, ‘What are you afraid of a faceoff today?’ He didn’t say anything, and the big ghouls he surrounds himself with started pushing and shoving, and then it was a pushing and shoving contest. … He can’t walk around the place without being surrounded by these donkeys, [but] look, he’s in the ring on his own. I’m already the true king of fighting. I’ll be the king of boxing now, also.

McGregor: ‘I’m determined to stun Floyd Mayweather for my son’

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McGregor says that fatherhood has made him more ruthless.

Fatherhood is such an amazing thing, because it made me just realise what’s important. If anything, I feel the pressure is off my shoulders even more so. It’s been beautiful and an eye-opening experience. As a fighter [I’m] a little more ruthless maybe, a little bit more certain and a little bit more dangerous — if I am being honest — because there is another one I am fighting for.

22 Aug, 2017

Ferguson: McGregor has improved as a boxer

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Ferguson says he took the fight against Kevin Lee because he felt that winning an interim title would force the hand of the lightweight champ Conor McGregor and put him into the pole position to fight for the undisputed belt when the Irishman returns from his foray into the world of boxing after August 26th.

As far as what Conor is at, if he does ‘MayMac’ and he wins or loses it doesn’t matter, he’s going to have to defend his belt against the person that has the interim title. It’s defend or vacate. I mean that’s what makes sense to me because that’s the way the rules have always went. You have to fight the one who has the title, to unify the titles. If I’m going to have an interim title, I want to fight Conor…If he wants the trilogy with Nate he has to drop the belt. He can’t hold onto the belt and do all of that other stuff. He did it for a whole entire year, you had your kid, that’s great, now let’s fight…I’ve moved on from calling him ‘McNuggets’ because his game has gotten a little bit better. His boxing has gotten better. When he throws punches he has learned to block his face a little bit better. He’s got his sh*t together as far as his hands.

Mayweather: McGregor will miss weight

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Mayweather says McGregor will not make match weight of 154 pounds. If McGregor does not make weight, he’ll be subject to a ‘heavy fine’.

Conor McGregor is extremely heavy right now. I think he’s 164, so he’s still got 10 pounds to go. I mean ya’ll get that extra money if you can’t make the weight. Get them extra millions ready, Dana! Or the UFC, get them extra millions ready, um, or somebody gotta pay a fine. But he gotta get that weight down. A true champion, you know, like I said before, a true champion is disciplined and very responsible. But, you know, we’ll see…I don’t think he’s gonna make the weight. Even if he do make the weight, that’s even better. But if he don’t make the weight, we still gonna fight but it’s gonna be a heavy fine, I’ma get me that money!

MAYWEATHER REVEALS MCGREGOR'S WEIGHT "EXTREMELY HEAVY" 5 DAYS OUT; TELLS DANA WHITE GET FINE MONEY

 

Diddy, Wahlberg double-or-nothing bet on McGregor-Mayweather

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Wahlberg and Diddy revisit the bet they made for Mayweather-Pacquiao (Wahlberg lost $250K, which he donated to charity). This time, Wahlberg is placing his bet on McGregor, while Diddy is going once again for Mayweather.

Wahlberg: Who you got?
Diddy: Money Mayweather baby!
Wahlberg: You see the shamrock?
Diddy: You know this is Money Team all the way.

Diddy & Mark Wahlberg: The Bet – Part Two | Mayweather vs. McGregor | Aug. 26 on SHOWTIME PPV

Mayweather calls Bieber “traitor” after musician ends friendship

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TMZ reports Mayweather’s friendship with Bieber is rumoured to be over. Counselors at the Hillsong Church have advised Bieber to pull back from friends who are bad influences, and while they did not specifically tell him to stop seeing Mayweather, the musician recently unfollowed Mayweather on Instagram. Sources say that in response,  Mayweather allegedly went “nuclear” and called Bieber a ‘traitor”. Reportedly, Bieber will not attend the McGregor-Mayweather fight.

Bellew: ‘There’s not a chance in hell that McGregor needs just one punch’

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Boxing champion Tony Bellew writes that McGregor will need multiple effective techniques to beat Mayweather.

The only way I can see Conor McGregor causing trouble is if he jumps on Floyd Mayweather, non-stop punching. That is the only slither of a case I can make for a McGregor win. But, how long could he keep doing that before he gets countered? Getting close in the boxing ring and octagon is completely different. When you get close in the octagon you’re allowed to hit and hold…Looking at the Paulie Malignaggi clips, it looks like McGregor was using a lot of slaps and uppercuts on the inside – that’s not going to work. Mayweather will tuck up and come back fast and vicious. A counter left hook would smash into McGregor’s temple…And on that Malignaggi ‘knockdown’ – it doesn’t matter anyway. That’s sparring…The gym does not mean anything. It gets you ready for when you’re under the lights, that’s it…His punch looked good, straight with some power. But listen, Mayweather is the best ever and McGregor was found out against Nate Diaz in stand-up…Diaz did not stop McGregor on the floor. Yeah, he choked him out, but he got him to the floor by consistently punching him in the face…Are you trying to tell me Conor McGregor hits harder than Alvarez, than Shane Mosley, than De la Hoya, than Hatton – the list is endless. There’s not a chance in hell that McGregor needs just one punch.

Roddy: ‘We believe we can shock the world’

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McGregor is ready ‘to shock the world’ says his striking coach Roddy. Roddy says McGregor has no doubt in his belief that he can create one of the greatest upsets of all time in a boxing ring.

I think there will be a little bit of feeling out most definitely when the bell rings. I’ve been with Conor many, many years now and we have brought in everybody over the years. Check out this guy, Conor. World class Thai boxer. Never been touched by anybody. Conor goes in, he throws a few shots, figures the guy out, he reads the patterns and then knows exactly what they are going to do. He knows before they know. Then he puts the shots in that apply and they fall over…Ok, Conor, we’ve got this tae kwon do guy. He moves a totally different way. He does this and does that. He goes in, moves around with him, figures him out, puts the shots in that apply, guy falls over…We’ve done this with amateur boxers, professional boxers. Every single person that has walked in the gym and I’ve watched him spar, it takes him a minute or two. It depends how good they are. But it takes no more than a minute for him to figure them out and put the shots in that apply. When you see this happen over and over again, you can’t doubt him.

21 Aug, 2017

Kavanagh: ‘I expect Conor to go in there and completely dominate’

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In an interview with The Mac Life, Kavanagh says McGregor is ready

He has gone at a complete new level, now that he’s been able to focus on the hand techniques in MMA, what we call boxing…I feel this is a very interesting fight, in terms of both camps have such high expectations. A lot of times you go to an MMA fight and you expect to win, but there’s a possibility of losing. [Mayweather’s team] don’t expect Conor to land a punch. They don’t expect to win, they expect it to be an absolute walk in the park…and I can honestly say, I don’t expect this to be the hardest fight of all time for Conor. I expect him to go in there and completely dominate. So one of us is living in a delusion..I really find it hard to imagine anything else other than Conor really putting on a clinic, and really destroying him.

John Kavanagh exclusive interview — "I expect Conor to go in there and completely dominate"

Lobov: Nurmagomedov’s popularity in Russia ‘because of McGregor’

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Lobov says Nurmagomedov is only popular in Russia because of McGregor.

It would be very hard to say who would be the bigger draw in Russia between Khabib and Conor. I honestly feel that Khabib is as big as he is in Russia because of Conor McGregor. A lot of people in Russian aren’t happy with how Khabib has been behaving with all of his pullouts. This isn’t a very manly thing to do, not showing up for a fight. In Russia, the people have been brought up tough. It used to be the Soviet Union. The thing everybody thinks of when they think about Russia is how tough the people are. When they see a fighter continuously pulling out, that’s something that they really don’t like. Then they look at a guy like Conor who always shows up and does what he says he’s going to do. That really resonates with the Russian public.

20 Aug, 2017

Mayweather Sr.: We’ll ‘sue’ Conor McGregor if he fights dirty

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Mayweather Senior says that they will sue McGregor if he ‘fights dirty’.

It’s gonna stop right there…And guess what? Then we’re gonna throw a big suit at him…There’s enough people around here suing everybody for nothing, and this is something that you can be screwed for. Like I said many times before, Floyd is better. But I’m saying here now, he’s training good enough for a guy like this. Conor, first of all, showed the whole world his egg, and I think you know what I’m talking about…And guess what, it ain’t nothing.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. says they will sue Conor McGregor if he fights dirty | THE HERD

McGregor gives two fans surprise VIP trip to Las Vegas for Mayweather fight

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McGregor surprises Lee Hammond, an up-and-coming amateur fighter, and Sergey Pikulskiy, a wrestling coach, who are both members of McGregor’s Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, with a VIP trip to Las Vegas to watch the Mayweather fight. The two of them thought they were at the gym to record ‘good luck’ messages for McGregor with his new sponsor, Betsafe, but once they had been filmed giving their support, they were shown a clip which contained a message from McGregor to them. ‘Notorious Airways’ has been created by Conor McGregor and Betsafe, as a program to fly a small selection of lucky attendees to the fight.

Congratulations to Lee Hammond and Sergey Pikulskiy of Straight Blast Gym – you get to fly on my personal private jet to Las Vegas to witness my fight on August 26th. Congratulations boys and I will see you there.

19 Aug, 2017

Weidman predicts McGregor-Mayweather trilogy fight

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Former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, predicts that McGregor will win his fight against Mayweather, but that there will be further rematches.

Yeah, I mean I think I have [McGregor] winning now. I think he’s gonna win. That’s my last prediction. Third-round knockout. It’s just a gut feeling, just I’m feeling it. I think it’s gonna happen and then they’re going to have a second fight, Mayweather’s gonna win that and then next thing you know they got a Conor verses Floyd trilogy, and everybody’s spent 300 bucks, which means 500 million for each of them.

Submission Radio #135 Chris Weidman, Kenny Florian, Stipe Miocic, Duane & Hunter

18 Aug, 2017

Diaz: If I was McGregor I’d beat Malignaggi’s ass

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Diaz talks about boxers who are criticizing McGregor.

And now all the boxers are criticizing Conor, and Conor won’t get embarrassed, but it’s a real arrogant thing to say…Sparring with some clown from wherever…I’ll beat that guy’s ass too…That guy was on the internet, talking sh-t about him the other day? What kind of sparring partner have you got? I’d shove that guy in the gym and beat his ass if I was Conor…I’d box him in the ring, whoop his ass, and then throw him down at the end…Most people in MMA can’t box. Need a lot of work. Boxers are clowns sometimes…I’m never taking the MMA fighters’over the boxers’ side, when it comes to punching…but we’re talking real fighters now you one-dimensional boxing f-cks.

Nate Diaz BLASTS Boxers Mocking Conor McGregor!

Hatton: Referee Robert Byrd could prove crucial in McGregor vs Mayweather

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Hatton, who was beaten by Mayweather in the tenth round, and believes that Joe Cortez, who was refereeing, didn’t allow him the opportunity to fight on the inside, says the decisions of the referee will be crucial in McGregor’s fight against Mayweather.

If the referee lets him have a crack. I think when I look back on it (my fight with Mayweather) I hope the referee lets Conor have a go. I’m not saying that I’d have won the [Mayweather] fight anyway if the referee had let me had a go. All you want is a fair crack of the whip. I think he must be thinking the same as me. Just let me have a fair shout and let me have a go at him. If he lets him have a fight with his strength as well, I think with Floyd at 40 years of age – we might see him dwindle a lot. If Conor can put his foot on the gas from there on in he might get a late stoppage or maybe even a points win. I think Conor will probably say I don’t mind losing the early rounds – as long as bit by bit I can sap his strength and drain him – and slow him down a bit. You’d have to say with Mayweather’s boxing ability the early part of the fight is Floyd’s but eventually if he’s given the opportunity by the referee to keep on him and keep on him, by the time it gets to round 6, 7 and 8 – then it might be Conor’s part of the fight

McGregor responds to Haye’s loose-armed mockery

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After Haye mocks McGregor’s loose-limbed training exercise:

McGregor responds, referencing Haye’s broken-toe excuse after losing to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011:

It’s a shoulder-loosening exercise. It gets the shoulders warmed up but you’ve got to do it correctly. I saw David Haye hit pads with it but you can’t hit pads when the shoulder’s disconnected. You hit when the shoulder is disconnected and you’ll do serious damage to yourself. And David Haye is a man who has pulled out of contests with a sore baby toe so he must be careful with the way he hits pads.

Mayweather, Malignaggi: McGregor was dirty when sparring

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Mayweather says footage of McGregor sparring Malignaggi shows the UFC lightweight champion to be “extremely dirty” in the ring.

A lot of shots were illegal. Lots of grappling and illegal punching behind the head…He had Joe Cortez in his camp but I still saw him being extremely dirty. My job is not to worry about the referee but to let the referee do his job.

Malignaggi also says the same:

His intensity is a good thing. I just don’t know if he can go without fouling. Fighting up close, I think he gets a bit confused and he ends up fouling. I think that’s where he can be most intense but fighting up close is the hardest thing in boxing to learn and I don’t think you can do that in a few months.

17 Aug, 2017

McGregor waxwork unveiled

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Tony McGregor, Conor’s father, reveals a waxwork of the fighter, created by The National Wax Museum in Dublin. Museum:

[This work is] a new and innovative artistic and technical process that involved 3D scanning in the conjunction with wax sculpting was used to create an uncannily lifelike wax character.

McGregor praises Celtic FC banner

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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!

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

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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.

16 Aug, 2017

Frampton’s partnership with Barry McGuigan ‘may be close to ending’

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BBC Sport Northern Ireland reports that after Frampton’s scheduled bout with Andres Gutierrez on 29 July was called off, the relationship between the fighter and his manager has began to unravel. Frampton, was one pound overweight for the bout but the contest was still scheduled to go ahead until the Mexican was injured after slipping in a shower. Frampton looked uncomfortable as he and McGuigan were jointly interviewed following the bizarre series of events which led to the cancellation of the Gutierrez contest. The expectation now is that Frampton will attempt to leave McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions. When asked if there was a rift in the camp and if a split was imminent, Cyclone Promotions declined to comment. Frampton was also unavailable for comment.

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

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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.

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

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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

15 Aug, 2017

Malignaggi calls out McGregor

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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)

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

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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

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

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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.