Recently Paulie Malignaggi raised some eyebrows by saying Conor McGregor doesn’t possess ridiculous power. Well, one of the latter’s training partners believes that will to lead to even more intense sparring…
Malignaggi recently joined McGregor’s training camp to help him get ready for his highly anticipated, Augus 26th bout with Floyd Mayweather. After his initial sparring session with McGregor, Malignaggi credited the UFC champ for having some “pop”, but he also said the Irish star doesn’t have “oh my God power”. It should also be noted that while Malignaggi didn’t say McGregor has fearsome power, he did say it’s “good enough”.
Well, more recently, one of McGregor’s other sparring partners, Tiernan Bradley, wrote a piece for the Irish News. The six time, Irish boxing champ had this to say about McGregor and Malignaggi’s sparring session, as well as the latter’s comments bout his countrymen’s power:
“Paulie has only sparred Conor once, and that’s the one everybody’s dying to know about. I was in Paulie’s corner and although he hasn’t fought since March and is retired, he’s getting sharper by the day.
You can see he’s still a class operator, and it was an interesting spar to watch – more a full on fight actually. Conor told us all when Paulie came into camp ‘this is not a spar, I want to fight him. I’m ready for a war’.
Paulie was talking to him in between rounds, trying to give him advice, but then he was getting slapped in the face.
I saw what he said about Conor’s power and he’s playing a bit of a dangerous game because he still has more spars to go with Conor, and Conor will be out there to knock him out. He’ll want to show him he has ‘oh my God’ power.”
Chances are Bradley’s on point here for a couple of reasons. One, McGregor would likely love to demonstrate that he can crack in the boxing ring, like he can in the Octagon. Two, he may want to make Malignaggi pay for making those comments publicly, in advance of the bout. Although, maybe it’s all part of an elaborate plan to make Mayweather underestimate McGregor’s power?