Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor ‘extremely dirty’

Updated August 17, 2017 - 5:58 pm

Floyd Mayweather wasn’t impressed with Conor McGregor’s sparring footage.

Mayweather was asked about the infamous sparring session between McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi during his media conference call Thursday.

The undefeated boxing superstar said many of the shots McGregor landed against Malignaggi were illegal, and he called the UFC lightweight champion “extremely dirty.”

“I had a chance to see it,” Mayweather said of the sparring video that was released by UFC president Dana White last week. “It was real interesting. A lot of rabbit punching. Illegal rabbit punches behind the head. A lot of shots was illegal. A lot of grappling. A lot of wrestling. A lot of illegal shots.”

Mayweather, 40, doesn’t see that translating into the ring on fight night when he meets McGregor, 29, in a junior middleweight bout Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather expects referee Robert Byrd, assigned by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, to keep things clean.

“I think the referee will be fair on both sides,” Mayweather said. “I want the referee to be fair and treat both competitors fair. I just want to have a good solid fight.”

Mayweather said he expected McGregor to have a better understanding of boxing rules because the Irishman has former referee Joe Cortez in his corner.

“Even though he had Joe Cortez in his training camp, I still see him being extremely dirty,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather said he wanted to fight with 8-ounce gloves instead of 10-ounce ones to make McGregor feel more comfortable in his boxing debut. The combat sport stars were granted a one-time exception by the NAC to use the lighter gloves.

“I want to make him feel comfortable as possible,” Mayweather said. “I’m not going to have any excuses, and I don’t want him to have any excuses.”

Mayweather (49-0, 26 knockouts) is attempting to break a tie with Rocky Marciano for the best record ever by improving to 50-0.

“This is my last one, ladies and gentlemen,” Mayweather said.

More boxing: Follow all of our boxing coverage online at reviewjournal.com/boxing and @RJ_Sports on Twitter.

Contact Gilbert Manzano at gmanzano@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GManzano24 on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Covering The Cage Videos
Covering the Cage: Frank Mir interview
Adam Hill talks to Bellator MMA heavyweight Frank Mir about his upcoming fight.
Covering The Cage: Rose Namajunas Retains Title
Covering the cage hosts Adam Hill and Heidi Fang go over Rose Namajunas retaining the Women's strawweight title.
Covering The Cage: Changes To UFC 223 Fight Card
Covering The Cage host Heidi Fang and Adam Hill go over changes to the UFC 223 fight card including Khabib Nurmagomedov's new opponent.
Covering The Cage: Conor McGregor Posted $50,000 Bail
Covering The Cage hosts Heidi Fang and Adam Hill go over Conor McGregor in facing three misdemeanor chargers and posting $50,000 bail.
Covering The Cage: Conor McGregor Court Appearance
Covering the Cage host Adam Hill and Heidi Fang go over the recent developments of Conor McGregor.
Covering The Cage Facebook Live - March 29,2018
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang talk UFC 223 live via. SKYPE with Ufc Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson on his main event clash with number 1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like