Apparently, Conor McGregor has been sparked out during sparring ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather. And while Team McGregor refute such claims, Mayweather has brilliantly responded to the allegations.
Before taking part in the insane world tour with his opponent, which saw four wild press conferences, McGregor shared images and videos of his training on social media.
The Irishman has drafted in specific boxers to hone his ability ahead of taking on the 49-0 fighter. But according to Jessie Vargas, McGregor had been dropped while preparing for his debut in the squared circle.
"The boxing world is small, man," Vargas said about McGregor. "He got knocked out in sparring already, man. I heard that they tried Bradley Wheeler but he knocked him out."
News spread fast as Mayweather has caught wind of the reports, and has offered his brilliant response.
"My take is if I ain't seen no footage, I don't believe it," the American told Fight Hype.
"We're working on Vargas to sign with Mayweather Promotions, so we've been communicating.
"But everything is just rumour until I see it. I have to see [the knockout] with my own eyes," he added.
Though after the reports surfaced, Team McGregor issued a response by quashing the rumours.
"The guy mentioned by Jessie Vargas is Brandon Rios, not Brad Wheeler. Neither have sparred with Conor," the statement read via The Telegraph.
The boxer, Rios, hasn't even heard of McGregor (doubt that) and plays down the incident by going on record saying he hasn't even met the UFC lightweight champion.
"The world's gone crazy," said Rios. "My phone's been blowing up. I've been getting texts messages and calls about this. I've never met McGregor, and I don't know who he is."
The pair will renew hostilities on fight week. Image: PA
One former world champion who is set to join McGregor's training is Paulie Malignaggi. The retired boxer who now works as an analyst is expected to link up with the Crumlin-born fighter.
The world press tour may be wrapped up but the Mayweather-McGregor circus continue to rumble on.
August 26 can't come soon enough.
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