It is common for people to get intense in sparring sessions as they prepare for big fights, but the sessions between recently retired boxer and current analyst Paulie Malignaggi, and UFC Champion Conor McGregor seem to be getting serious as we near three weeks before McGregor’s major fight with Floyd Mayweather.
In this video from The Audience Channel’s Rich Eisen Show, Malignaggi talks about how he is trying to help McGregor prepare for the trash talking Mayweather.
“I tried to get under his skin.”
Breaking down not only the different things he is preparing Conor for with his fists, Malignaggi is preparing the Irish born Mixed Martial Artist for Floyd Mayweather’s trash talk, as Malignaggi talked all twelve rounds yesterday as they sparred in Las Vegas.
When speaking with ESPN, Maliganggi said
“He wants you to know you’re in a fight. He doesn’t want you to think it’s a picnic. So, any time he’s in the ring, he’s trying to make it as rough as possible — be it roughhouse tactics, be it trying to land hard shots.”
And in terms of the work put in by the UFC mega star, the Brooklyn born boxer would give credit where its due,
“I think he’s getting better and better. I really felt improvements from two weeks ago to now … I do see a guy who is implementing more and more of what they want to do in their game plan.”
Maliganngi gives the UFC champ credit saying that his unorthodox punching style may benefit him in the early rounds if he can make Mayweather try and adjust to what McGregor is throwing. “They’re all big maybes,” according to Malignaggi, but he thinks McGregor may have a better shot than others are giving him credit for.
Original Story: ESPN
Original Video: Rich Eisen Show