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Paul Malignaggi Will Be Sparring Conor McGregor

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Boxing fans, the majority, massively respect the skill set of Floyd Mayweather.

For this reason, they see the chances that 0-0 pro Conor McGregor could get the better of the best pugilist of this era as being along the lines of slim to none.

Footage that has come from McGregor working out and hitting things, objects and persons, haven’t made the boxing side rooters give the Irishman a better chance to get the better of Floyd.

Even in a scant one of 12 scheduled rounds…

Well, this development might change a mind or two on the chances of the UFCer, or, at least, the thinking that the ridiculously large learning curve in his sweet science boning up can get flattened out…

Ex fighter Paul Malignaggi, the Showtime fight analyst, the fighting pride of Bensonhurst, will engage in sparring sessions with McGregor.

Paulie’s mouth and eye, so keen and potent in the analyst chair, can only benefit the neophyte boxer, one would think.

“I expect to leave for Vegas about mid July to link up with Team McGregor, I’m just waiting for details,” Paulie told NYFIGHTS.

You all, the ones not avoiding coverage, which has, let’s face it, been steady already for a year and half, have been seeing stories that suggest McGregor is a rough diamond and that his awkwardness could prove to be a plus. I think his lack of seasoning will make him fodder, to be picked apart as Floyd sees fit. I wasn’t impressed with word that an amateur standout declared Mac’s power to be stunning and that Floyd’s in for it. An amateur was brought in to work with McGregor? Why? To make him feel better in comparison? Then, when word came that in fact there will be a true technician on site, that Paulie will be there to dispense some wisdom and if Team McGregor is open to it, share his knowledge and tips on how to try and best deal with the mastermind that is Floyd, that assuaged me some.

Let’s put it this way, it cannot hurt.

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