Tiernan Bradley has been a part of Conor McGregor’s training camp as he prepares to battle Floyd Mayweather in a super fight later this month.
Paulie Malignaggi has come out against McGregor ever since the photo controversy began and Bradley says the retired boxer has his pride dented after sparring with the Irishman.
“Obviously he saw that picture and his pride was dented. I can understand that, but at the same time he was on TV doing interviews the week before, talking about Conor’s power being overblown and all this stuff. He was talking to Mayweather’s guys, talking to pro boxers and doing interviews – what did he think was going to happen? Did he expect to just come in here and talk (expletive)?,” Bradley said to The Irish News.
Since the photo has been released, the retired Malignaggi has been speaking out on a daily basis against the UFC Lightweight Champion.
Bradley also believes that Malignaggi should have known that the camp wasn’t about him, it was about McGregor.
“Anyway, that was last week, now we’re into a new phase three weeks out from the Mayweather fight. The attitude of Conor, the coaches and rest of the team to Paulie walking out has been straightforward – (expletive) happens, life moves on. This camp is not about Paulie. When we’re in the gym, we’re concentrating on Conor, getting him ready. I did some school sparring with him on the Thursday, the day Paulie left and it was as if nothing had happened. This is not the Big Brother house. It’s a training camp, and that’s all anybody left here cares about,” says Bradley.
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.