With just barely three weeks to go until the biggest night in combat sports history, boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight world champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor are deep in preparation for what is to be an absolute spectacle.

The pair are scheduled for a 12-round bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26th. Many are already pegging the affair to be the richest fight of all time. And that comes with good reason. The interest and hype for this bout is massive.

Along with the behind-the-scenes rumblings, press conference antics and general back-and-forth between the two, the incredible hype generated for this fight is off the charts.

Conor McGregor invites Paulie Malignaggi to spar

McGregor, who has never boxed a round in his life professionally, is making all the right moves. He’s bringing in all the right people to help him prepare for the biggest fight of his life. For one, veteran referee Joe Cortez has been helping McGregor get acclimated to boxing’s unique ruleset. Secondly, former welterweight great Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi was brought in for sparring.

There was a lot of controversy around Malignaggi’s involvement in the McGregor camp recently.

Malignaggi is a great technical boxer, and went into the McGregor camp looking to help. However, Malignaggi feels he was always being set up by Team McGregor, having him spar right as he got off the plane for example, with little rest. Also, Malignaggi has accused Team McGregor of making up stories and fabricating lies to give the impression that the Irishman has been dominating him.

Photos of Malignaggi’s sparring session have been somehow released and in some instances “leaked”, and they almost always show McGregor toying with Malignaggi. One photo even alludes to McGregor knocking down Malignaggi.

Malignaggi wasn’t happy and fled the McGregor camp

Obviously Malignaggi wasn’t happy with this. So recently, the former pro boxer left the McGregor camp and he was furious. Malignaggi even dared McGregor to release actual video footage of the sparring sessions, telling McGregor to stop lying to the public.

McGregor has since then responded to Malignaggi’s comments via Showtime’s All Access.

“He stayed in there, gotta give respect to that, but that was it,” McGregor said about Malignaggi. “He came, he got his ass whooped and that’s it.”

There is a lingering doubt that McGregor can amount to much against Mayweather. McGregor of course has absolutely no experience as a boxer. Mayweather on the other hand is undefeated at 49-0 and has been a world champion for nearly two decades.

However, McGregor says he uses that doubt to fuel his training and believes wholeheartedly that he will win the fight.

“I am always told I can’t do this, I can’t do that. When someone tells you, you can’t do something, that’s when you must do something,” McGregor said. “I am going to stop this man. There’s no doubt in my mind. This man will be unconscious inside four rounds.”

So do you believe McGregor? Do you think that Mayweather will be unconscious inside of four rounds? Pretty bold statements. But we’ll know soon enough.

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