Conor McGregor camp rubbishes rumours he was 'knocked out' during sparring session
Conor McGregor's management team has hit out at rumours claiming that he was knocked out during a sparring session as he prepares to meet Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26.
It was mis-reported on Monday that former two-weight boxing champion Jessie Vargas had claimed Conor McGregor was knocked out in training by English MMA fighter Bradley Wheeler.
In the video Vargas claimed that "the boxing world is small, man... He got knocked out in sparring."
In fact, Vargas was referring to lightweight boxer Brandon Rios, but McGregor's management have moved to clarify that neither Rios nor Wheeler had sparred with McGregor.
The rumour was quashed on Tuesday when McGregor's management told Telegraph Sport that "the guy mentioned by Jessie Vargas is Brandon Rios, not Brad Wheeler. Neither have sparred with Conor."
Brandon Rios also confirmed that he had never sparred with McGregor, insisting that he did not know who he was, nor had he ever met the mixed martial artist. "The world's gone crazy," said Rios on Monday in an interview with ES News.
"My phone's been blowing up. I've been getting texts messages and calls about this. I've never met McGregor, and I don't know who he is."
Vargas predicted a comfortable win for Mayweather and he is even keen to put some money on a fight that he believes can only have one conclusion.
“Conor is going to get knocked out in six or seven rounds,” he said. “Floyd always live up to the hype, so never doubt him. I have no doubt. I am going to put money on him because the odds are not that bad and it is a 99 per-cent win for him.
“Conor only has a one percent chance of landing a lucky punch and it might even be a negative zero chance.”
McGregor's bout with 49-0 Floyd Mayweather next month looks set to become the highest grossing fight in the history of combat sports.