Jeff Mayweather doesn’t think the footage actually made Conor McGregor look good.
When some footage of the Conor McGregor vs Paulie Malignaggi sparring was released, Dana White boasted that the clip was for those who think that Conor can’t box. A lot of people seemed to think that it painted the UFC champion in a good light, and that he’d now have more of a chance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. than originally expected.
Not according to Jeff Mayweather. Despite already showing an edited video of the sparring designed to make McGregor look good, to him the effect of the video is actually opposite of that.
“That’s part of the politics of boxing, it’s also part of salesman and the build up of everything,” he told Fight Hub about the fans’ reaction to it. “Realistically, by showing that much of what Conor’s doing, they actually exposed what he’s capable of. It’s worse, because he’s fighting a Paulie that’s out of shape.”
“The most important thing was the part they thought they were showing, was the fact that he got knocked down. But even by adding that clip, it actually looked worse, because everything else that happened in between that looked like trash.”
Jeff says the disputed incident was “a little bit of both” as it was both a “knockdown, and a push,” but it doesn’t really matter to him. He didn’t seem that impressed with the technique McGregor displayed, also considering the context that it was against a retired and “fat” Malignaggi.
“Do you see that? You see him land one punch, but did you see all the other bullshit that goes with it?” he reacted after seeing the video.
“You got to realize, Paulie didn’t come back to boxing to box again. He didn’t do it like Floyd did. Plus, Paulie is not Floyd,” he said. “Watching (even a longer clip) means nothing. No matter what he did to Paulie, he’s not going to do to Floyd.”