Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s camp is not impressed by Conor McGregor’s performance.
Last week, the big story in the buildup to Mayweather vs. McGregor was the exit of former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi from McGregor’s after a dispute over leaked sparring photos that appeared to show McGregor getting the better of Malignaggi. Over the weekend, UFC President Dana White added fuel to the fire by releasing video of the session.
The edited video clip then spent the weekend being broken down like the Zapruder film with parties coming to different conclusions about the legitimacy of the knockdown, seemingly mostly based on their own preferences ahead of the bout. And though many people can’t stop talking about The Knockdown, one party in particular remains unimpressed, Mayweather’s uncle and former trainer, Jeff Mayweather.
Speaking with Fight Hub TV in a pair of interviews over the weekend, Jeff Mayweather says that the video doesn’t lend credibility to McGregor as a boxer or his chances against Floyd, regardless of whether the knockdown was legitimate or not.
“Do you see that? You see him land one punch but do you see all the other bulls**t that goes with it? Don’t get me wrong, that much is true, but you’ve got to realize, Paulie didn’t come back to boxing to box again. He didn’t do what Floyd did. Plus, he’s not Floyd, so watching that means nothing because no matter what he did to Paulie, he’s not gonna do to Floyd.
“It looks like it was a knockdown and it was a push. It was the punch and then a little push at the end. It was a little push at the end but still, even if it wasn’t a push, still, this guy right here, he’s not Floyd Mayweather so it doesn’t matter.”
Malignaggi is in fact, not Mayweather Jr. Malignaggi is a former welterweight and junior welterweight champion holding a 36-8 win with five of his losses by KO or TKO. Conversely, Mayweather, Jr. sports a pristine 49-0 professional boxing record and has only ever been knocked down once, when he injured his hand punching the top of Carlos Hernandez’s head and took a knee.
Jeff Mayweather says that videos like the one White released are the other part of the fight game and important to build the upcoming bout but it was also a mistake by McGregor. The element of surprise, one advantage McGregor might possibly have on paper ahead of this bout, is now somewhat lessened because the video showed what McGregor brings to the table.
“That’s part of the politics of boxing and it’s also part of the salesman, it’s part of the build up. Realistically, by showing that much of what Conor’s doing, they actually expose what he’s really capable of. It’s worse because he’s fighting a Paulie that’s out of shape.
“I’m not impressed. He was in there with a guy that’s been retired. Paulie’s not getting in shape for him. You could look and see that Paulie was still fat. He just went in there with a guy that, don’t get me wrong, he’s much younger than Paulie and he’s in shape. He should out-work Paulie. . . Ain’t nobody ever seen Floyd fatigued.”
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The posts that stirred a weekend.
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I can't even describe the emotions I am feeling as I write this post. Less than two months ago I didn't know if my best friend was going to make it, and tonight we made a jail break for sushi (in disguise. Ha). Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions! His progress is nothing short of a miracle. He is working so hard and fights through the frustration. He is, as he's always been, an inspiration. I can't wait to hit the mats with him again...and he told me today that he has "one more round" left in him! Ha. (He laughed...but definitely wasn't joking!). Thank you for all of your prayers! Please keep them up as he still has a long road ahead of him. I am witnessing the power of them firsthand! So thankful!
We just went over this with Conor.
Wait in line boy— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 14, 2017
And everything else.
Don't need to. We follow each other and he clearly looking up my tweets but he tried to downplay my win lol. Our time WILL come to scrap!! https://t.co/2OCEYliXdc— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 13, 2017
And like I said I'll strangle you with that fake ass chain you wear!! https://t.co/vhHjw3Cbny— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 14, 2017
Unless you KKK stop calling me "boy" motherfucker. You liable to get ya shit beat in talking like that. Talk ya shit, don't be ass-hat https://t.co/avsGhVwIWD— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 14, 2017
Wrong or not. He ain't dumb. That's some DUMB ass shit to say. Talk shit. Leave the racial connotations OUT of it https://t.co/EeSOP1icrq— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 14, 2017
Javy Vazquez needs help.
UFC/WEC vet Javier Vazquez has colon cancer and needs your help. Please consider donating: https://t.co/ZK107plbOG— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) August 11, 2017
Chase Sherman with words to live by.
If you're a racist piece of shit, go ahead and unfollow me.— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) August 13, 2017
Bud Crawford, a man who would clown Conor in the ring, is now clowning him on Instagram.
Tito teasing the comeback.
Holy hell, that dude is jacked.
When we as a people can genuinely support each other amazing is possible. I was able to watch The Maharaja do his thing in Vancouver and now I'm excited to announce @wwe Champ @jindermahal will be taking time away from his busy schedule to accompany the Team for my debut fight in his home province of Alberta. Shout out to the boss @danawhite for hooking up the VIP treatment #indian #onebillionstrong #punjabi #pride #support #loyal #humble #respect #wwe #ufc
Smh Rogan really crossed the line with this one pic.twitter.com/HsT5MNBn4u— MMA Madness (@madness_mma) August 12, 2017
Tonya had a heck of a night.
I got jello all over me, I made out w a "straight" girl, idk how I got home, but we all had a fkn blast last night @pearlbarhtown..thx julie— tonya evinger (@tonyaevinger) August 13, 2017
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