Paulie Malignaggi said that Conor McGregor’s power was solid, but not over the top, and it sounds like Floyd Mayweather has a similar take.
After Malignaggi’s first sparring session with McGregor (before their well documented fallout), the retired boxer said the UFC champ hits hard, but not with “oh my God” power. The comments sparked a fair amount of debate, before McGregor boxed Mayweather last weekend, and was stopped in the tenth round.
Well, following Mayweather’s victory, the 50-0 fighter had this to say about McGregor’s punching power (quote via MMA Junkie):
“As far as his punching power – he’s solid,” Mayweather said. “I’ve felt it before, so that’s why I kept coming straight ahead.
“Obviously, it wasn’t the type of power to say, ‘I can’t come forward.’ Because if it were that type of power, I wouldn’t have come forward.”
Now, the reason McGregor’s has forged a reputation in MMA, for being able to crack, is due to his wins over the likes of Jose Aldo, Eddie Alvarez, and Dustin Porier, among others. So, what Mayweather and Malignaggi said is through the lens of boxing. When folks are wearing bigger gloves. It’s also worth noting that after Chad Mendes was taken out by McGregor, he credited the latter for his accuracy, more so than his power. So, in the Octagon, McGregor’s punching abilities remain a real threat.
Mayweather was also asked about the push he gave McGregor, after the fifth round. The boxing star had this to say about the incident:
“Give the fans what they want to see,” Mayweather said. “I pushed him and taunted him. ‘You still ain’t knocked me out, yet. I thought you said it wasn’t going past the fourth. Show me your real power.’ That’s all.”
So, with the Mayweather fight out of the way, it remains to be seen what’s next for McGregor. The consensus seems to be that a third bout with Nate Diaz could be table.