Tiernan Bradley is one of multiple training partners who have been helping UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor prepare for his bout with Floyd Mayweather.
Bradley says that when the Irishman sparred with Paulie Malignaggi, it would sometime resemble a full on fight.
“I was in Paulie’s corner and although he hasn’t fought since March and is retired, he’s getting sharper by the day,” Bradley explained to the Irish News. “You can see he’s still a class operator, and it was an interesting spar to watch – more a full on fight actually. Conor told us all when Paulie came into camp ‘this is not a spar, I want to fight him. I’m ready for a war’.”
Malignaggi also commented on sparring with McGregor, saying that the UFC Lightweight Champion didn’t have “Oh My God” power.
Also according to Bradley, the Irishman wanted to prove to Malignaggi that he has better than “Oh My God” power.
“Paulie was talking to him in between rounds, trying to give him advice, but then he was getting slapped in the face,” said Bradley. “I saw what he said about Conor’s power, and he’s playing a bit of a dangerous game because he still has more spars to go with Conor, and Conor will be out there to knock him out. He’ll want to show him he has ‘oh my God’ power.”
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.