Former WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas recently told the combat sports press that reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight kingpin Conor McGregor was knocked out while sparring for his upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, which takes place next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather’s response? Seeing in believing.
“My thing is basically like this, if I ain’t seen no footage, I don’t believe it,” Mayweather told Fight Hype. “And me and Jessie Vargas are in communication. We’ve been communicating, but everything is just rumors until I see it. I have to visually see it with my own eyes.”
No doubt he saw this with his own eyes.
While everyone acknowledges that McGregor is not a professional boxer — based on zero fights in the “sweet science” — the skill disparity became even more apparent when “Notorious” was lit up while sparring with former IBO and IBF welterweight champion Chris van Heerden.
Fact ... or fiction? We’ll find out for certain on Aug. 26.