So much has been made about Conor McGregor’s recently leaked sparring session with boxer Chris van Heerden. People are discrediting McGregor’s boxing potential based on the 56-second clip and it has sparked discussion all around the combat community as to what exactly will Floyd Mayweather do to “Notorious” when the two meet in a superfight on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. While the practice session is being blown up by everyone and anyone looking for holes in McGregor’s standup game, Mayweather’s team isn’t overlooking the possibility that the footage was staged.
Here is what Mayweather’s trainer, Nate Jones, had to say about the McGregor sparring video during a recent interview with Submission Radio:
“I think I’ve seen that sparring. First of all, like I said, I looked at it, but to me it looked (like) it’s a possibility it could be staged. We don’t fall for that, we prepare for anything. Please believe me, I looked at it and I came up with my opinion that it could have been for real but it could have been staged. I don’t know. His style is a different style from Floyd. I don’t want nobody messing with Floyd. He may be more difficult than Floyd’s gonna be for him. Styles make fights. He may give him a different look inside this ring when he’s sparring him than what Floyd’s gonna give him. We don’t take none of that light. That’s a different man. That man’s name does not start with Floyd Mayweather, so we’re not worried about that. We’re gonna train hard. ”
“I looked it and after a while I watched the whole entirety of it, but I know that it could be staged and that don’t mean anything. We’re not gonna take that lightly. That don’t mean nothing to us. I looked at it, but it don’t mean anything. We’re gonna train like never before. I don’t think Floyd looked at it cause he don’t do that. We’re not worried about that, we don’t worry about that. When you look bad, it don’t matter to us because they could be staged. He might get in the ring with somebody else and they could be staged, or it could be him. We’re just going to see what’s going to happen on August 26th when he’s lined up with the very best. We’ll see then.”
Mayweather and company would be foolish not to take McGregor seriously. While the 28-year-old UFC champion has never competed in a professional boxing setting, he’s one of the best knockout specialists in combat sports today.
We don’t know for sure if McGregor would go to the extent of filming a fake sparring session, especially considering he already believes in his striking, but the Irishman is a master of mind manipulation. If he’s making Mayweather take him lightly in any way, shape, or form, he’s already winning the battle.