Malignaggi, who retired earlier this year after a career which saw him fight some of the best boxer Mayweather vs. McGregor of the past decade including Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Adriend Broner, Zab Judah, Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia, was brought in by Team McGregor to give him some work ahead of next month’s Floyd Mayweather fight.
Malignaggi, who is now pursuing a broadcast career and helped host Showtime’s coverage of the recent Mayweather-McGregor world preWatch Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregorss tour, gave qualified praise to the Irishman.
“Eight rounds, good work. I can’t disclose too much but McGregor is no dummy …. there’s a method to his madness,” Malignaggi told NYFIGHTS.com.
“He has an idea of what he wants to do and how he wants to do it, he’s not clueless,” the boxer turned colour man said. “He’s not your conventional boxer by any means but he’s capable and his power is good. Whether that can be effective is up to him, but he’s no dummy!”
McGregor posted several photographs of the session to his Instagram page, including one with his hands held behind his back in the same way he did in the UFC against Eddie Alvarez.
It would seem a risky strategy against a fighter like Mayweather, who showed no mercy to Victor Ortiz when he failed to protect himself in their fight in 2011.
Malignaggi told NYFIGHTS.com he was unaware of what followed when McGregor dropped into the daring stance. “I don’t remember,” Paulie said, “but we did our share of touching in eight rounds!”
McGregor dressed for the training in a pair of Gucci shorts, captioning one image: “The boxing ring is mine.”
The official fight poster for Mayweather-McGregor, which will take place on Sunday, August 27 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was unveiled by Showtime on Saturday morning.
Alvarez, who McGregor completely outclassed at UFC 205 last year, told an ESPN podcast the Irish star has the ability to finish Mayweather.
“Conor has about three or four rounds to get this done,” Alvarez said. “Within those four rounds, if you don’t think Conor can knock this guy out, you’re an idiot or you just don’t know fighting because it can very well happen.
“If he doesn’t get it done by then, then it could look very one-sided. The technical boxing of Floyd Mayweather is enough to make it look really one-sided for him. But Conor, there is a very real chance that he can put him away.”
Source : news.com.au