Conor McGregor made a thought-frightening comparability Friday at his media open exercise forward of his monumental boxing showdown with all-time nice Floyd Mayweather.
The UFC two-division world champion stated Jose Aldo was as soon as identical to Mayweather: a dominant champion thought-about to be one of many biggest, who most thought couldn’t be crushed.
“Wait till you see when (Mayweather) falls – the way you all write him off after this and he turns into like Aldo,” McGregor informed reporters on the UFC Efficiency Institute. “Aldo was him at one stage and he simply turns into nothing.”
McGregor knocked out Aldo in simply thirteen seconds. It was some of the iconic moments within the historical past of combined martial arts. Not many believed McGregor’s energy can be sufficient to thwart Aldo, who dominated over the featherweight division for a decade.
Towards Mayweather, who sports activities an ideal forty nine-zero document and the excellence of being probably the most unhittable fighter in boxing historical past, McGregor makes an attempt to do the inconceivable as soon as once more in his first-ever skilled boxing match.
Not many consider he can win. Nevertheless it’s not the primary time McGregor has been doubted.
“I don’t know what number of occasions they’ve labeled me a joke,” McGregor stated. “‘He’s a joker. What weight is he shifting; what weight is he hitting; what weight is that this? He doesn’t stand an opportunity.’
“After which the poor man that’s in there with me has to cope with it, after which he’s unconscious and it’s on to the subsequent one. After which there’s extra questions and extra doubts. This can simply proceed till I name it a day.”
McGregor labored out for about an hour and a half, hitting the luggage and placing on a present for the media assembled.
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Throughout his exercise, UFC president Dana White tweeted out video footage of McGregor’s sparring session with former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi. The footage confirmed McGregor connecting with a vicious straight left, his signature shot, that appeared to wobble Malignaggi.
In a battle the place some have recommended McGregor will wrestle to land a single punch towards Mayweather, the viral footage definitely provides a brand new dimension to the struggle.
“I’m going to spark (Mayweather). I’m going to return ahead and go at him,” McGregor stated. “He’s saying he’s going to return at me. Let’s see who takes the primary again step. That would be the first win or loss within the battle: Who takes a again step first?”
McGregor isn’t planning any again steps as he makes an attempt as soon as once more to perform the inconceivable on Aug. 26 vs. Mayweather at T-Cellular Area. He’s getting used to proving doubters incorrect.
“I’m scheduling bouts with opponents, telling them what I’m going to do to them and the way I’m going to do it. After which I’m doing it. After which the practice simply sort of rolls with it and it retains choosing up steam because the predictions hold coming true,” he stated.
“I don’t know what number of occasions I’ve shocked the world proper now (however) I’m going to shock it as soon as once more.”
Matt Parrino is a digital producer and author for UFC.com. Comply with him on Twitter at @MattParrinoUFC