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McGregor's Sparring Partner Reveals One Weakness Ahead Of Mayweather Fight

Mark McGowan

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McGregor's Sparring Partner Reveals One Weakness Ahead Of Mayweather Fight

Ah, yet more stuff about Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. Get used to it, folks, because between now and August 26 the majority of things occupying your timeline will be about these two.

We're all eagerly anticipating the 'super fight', and if the verbal sparring from the two fighters is anything to go by, we're in for a ride. However, despite the build up, a lot of experts believe the boxing match might be a disappointment.

Still, while we've got a pint in our hands, too drunk to care about what the actual outcome is, are we that bothered?

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Former world heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has had his say on the meeting, predicting that McGregor won't stand a chance against Mayweather, and fellow former boxer Paulie Malignaggi may have evidence to suggest he's right.

Having been a two-weight world champion, much like The Notorious, he's qualified to give his opinion, especially after being the Irishman's sparring partner.

They trained with each other last week, and Malignaggi spilled the beans on how he wasn't blown away by the UFC man's power.

"It's definitely above average. I wouldn't say it's 'Oh my God' power," he told CBS Sports Radio. "This is what I call 'Oh my God' power, even in sparring, and you're like 'Oh my God,' like wow, this guy really hits hard.

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"Now, 'Oh my God' power is very rare. There's above average power, so if he lands a good shot on you, I mean granted, with small fight gloves he will hurt you, but it's not 'Oh my God' power where every time he touches you you're like my goodness, this is very uncomfortable. It's not that kind of power, but it's good enough."

Despite his assessment, he does say that McGregor's power is at a point where you have to respect it, though it's not going to be the factor that wins him the fight.

He says his determination and how serious he is about it will help him no end, but his "awkwardness" will put him in good stead.

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Malignaggi explained to CBS Sports Radio: "I can't say based on a sparring session, 'oh I'm going to pick this guy to win the fight.' But I will say this, he's serious about what he wants to do.

"He has an awkwardness to where he can land some shots, and I wouldn't say his power is what the reputation holds it for. I wouldn't say it's that strong, but his power is enough to where you definitely should respect it."

Well, we'll have to wait until next month to find out, and it's really not that far away... Let the countdown begin.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Floyd Mayweather

Mark McGowan
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