Conor McGregor is obviously going to bring in a lot of skilled boxers to work with leading up to his fight, and already has done so. If you listen to the boxing experts, they’ll say he’s been getting lit up in sparring by boxers, but if you listen to his sparring partners, it tells a different story. Could Conor be telling them to hype up the fight? Sure, that’s very possible, but black eyes don’t lie.
Tiernan Bradley, who is helping Conor with the sweet science, has the following to say about McGregor’s boxing prowess:
“People laugh when they hear me saying I can replicate Mayweather,” Bradley said. “I guess nobody can move like Floyd, but I’ve been studying everything about the guy for the last 13 years.”
“Conor is a very good boxer,” Bradley said. He doesn’t move like any other boxer. He’s powerful, fast and light on his feet…He’s very good at getting in and out and connecting. He’s so quick on his feet it’s very hard to judge the distance with him.
“He’s so fast and unpredictable — that’s a very dangerous combination. I don’t think Mayweather has ever boxed anyone like that.”
“It’s very different to any style I’ve seen over the years. He has this strange style and he can keep going at a serious pace for 12 rounds. He’s on his toes and he’s constantly keeping you guessing.”
We’ve been saying from the start, if Conor has a chance in this fight it’s because he’ll be giving Floyd a totally different look then he’s used to. If anyone, Floyd should be bringing in other high-level MMA strikers to train with, so that he can get a feel for that style and how it will look in a boxing match.
“I’ve got a black eye at the moment and I got that from him when he was wearing 16-ounce gloves,” Bradley said. “I don’t know if you’ve seen the photo that he uploaded onto his Instagram after our session. People are talking about his left hand and whether the power will be there with 10-ounce gloves — he lifted me off my feet with a right uppercut in 16 [ounce gloves]!”
“My biggest takeaway from the rounds was the pace that we fought at and that he seemed unbreakable. I found it very hard to figure him out.”
“I was getting ready to spar when he came into the gym,” Bradley said. “I thought he would go upstairs to get ready himself, but he came straight over to me and shook my hand and asked me was I ready for sparring.
“He didn’t say anything specifically about the fight, but you get an unreal sense of confidence from that guy. This was the first time I met him. The way he walks, the way he talks, you can’t help but notice his self-belief. It just oozes out of him.
“When you’re sparring him that same confidence is with him. He has a whole team behind him giving him advice and supporting him. There’s a great mood in the camp.”
“Looking at Conor yesterday,” Bradley said, “I know he’ll give Floyd a hard fight. This will not be a walkover. I really think whoever puts more into their camp will win it. I know that Conor is putting in the work and that his confidence is through the roof. He’s going to be ready when fight night comes around.”