Friday 23 February 2018

'I’m not lying, the guy can’t punch' - Paulie Malignaggi's frank assessment of Conor McGregor's performance

Former WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi has said that Conor McGregor doesn't know how to effectively throw a punch in boxing after his debut loss to Floyd Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Mayweather improved his professional boxing record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano's previous mark of 49-0, with a 10th round technical knockout of McGregor.

All three judges had Mayweather winning on the scorecards, but all three also had McGregor winning the opening round, with judge Dave Moretti giving the Dubliner rounds 1,2 and 3.

Despite McGregor's impressive start, Malignaggi, who engaged in a verbal war of words with the UFC star in the build up to the fight, said that McGregor does not know how to effectively translate his weight when throwing punches but that he was still impressed by his ability to win a few rounds against Mayweather.

“Obviously people now know that I’m not a hater, I’m not lying, the guy can’t punch,” Malignaggi told IFL TV after the fight.

"I mean, you saw it. He only throws arm-punches. He doesn’t know how to translate his weight on his shots in boxing. There was nothing on those shots if you didn't notice.

"I mean, I was ringside – there was literally nothing on those shots. But his points, his sharp little movements, awkward little movements, they won him a couple of rounds so you've got to give credit where credit is due."

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