The countdown to arguably the most anticipated fight of modern times continues amid claims from former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi that he heard Conor McGregor “whimper” during their controversial sparring session.
It’s less than three weeks until 7/2 (4.50) underdog McGregor steps into the T-Mobile Arena to make his professional boxing debut against 49-0 Floyd Mayweather, although Malignaggi has suggested the Irishman may be under-prepared.
Malignaggi offered to spar with McGregor in the build-up to his bout but was incensed when The Notorious posted images from the session despite allegedly agreeing not to, one of which showed the Dubliner towering over the American as he lay on the canvas.
Malignaggi said: “The funny thing about the push down was this – it was during one of his worst moments. He pushed me down on the floor to try to catch a break and the instant I went down I got back up.
“I started to take it to him right after that. I told him, ‘you get no breaks here’, and I started to hit him with more body shots. I said, ‘take those, they don’t feel good’ and I could hear him whimper off the body shots, too.”
Image courtesy of Boxing Scene.
McGregor vs. Mayweather Odds
Floyd Mayweather: 1/5 (1.20)
Conor McGregor: 7/2 (4.50)
Draw: 33/1 (34.00)