'I've seen him being extremely dirty' - Mayweather snipes at McGregor after watching sparring video
Floyd Mayweather has taunted Conor McGregor by suggesting he may need a lesson in the rules of boxing after watching video of him sparring against Paulie Malignaggi.
McGregor invited former world champion Malignaggi into his training camp as he prepares for his eagerly anticipated boxing debut against Mayweather in Las Vegas next weekend, with the fall out from the video released by UFC chief Dana White one of the big talking points amid the pre-fight hype.
Video clips showed Malignaggi being floored before he quit the training camp and began to hurl a barrage of insults at the Irishman, yet Maywather suggested the sparring footage raised questions about McGregor’s boxing style.
“I had a chance to see it, I thought it was real interesting,” declared Mayweather in a media conference call. “A lot of rabbit punching, illegal rabbit punching behind the head.
“A lot of the shots were illegal, a lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots. That’s just my honest opinion. But I’m pretty sure the referee is going to be fair on both sides. I want the referee to be fair and treat both competitors - myself and Conor McGregor - even and fair. I just want to have a good solid fight,' he added.
“I look forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing and I’m pretty sure (McGregor) looks forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing.
“He had (boxing referee) Joe Cortez in his training camp which is a great thing, but I've still seen him being extremely dirty, but my job is not to worry about the referee, my job is to go out there and fight and let the referee do his job.”
Malignaggi expressed his annoyance at images of his blackened eyes were released to the media after his session with McGregor and Mayweather defended his boxing colleague, as he suggested the euphoria created by the video clips was not justified.
“We shouldn’t be here judging Paulie, a guy that has been retired, commentating and travelling the world, not going to the gym at all, just going in there with an athlete period who is working out every day,” he added. “Honestly, it shouldn’t have even gone 12 rounds with a young guy that’s active.
“Some may say it was a knockdown, some may not call it a knockdown. At the end of the day, it only counts when you get under the lights, that’s just the gym.”
You can listen to the full conference call with Mayweather here: