Conor McGregor’s New Training Partner Reveals Details Of Sparring Incident

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The upcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is most likely a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle: a bout that will pit MMA’s premier fighter against the best defensive boxer of all time.

Training footage released by both men earlier this week only served to add fuel the fire for both sets of fans and now, one of McGregor’s sparring partners has given an intriguing interview that sheds light on the Irishman’s style and skill inside the squared circle.

During an interview with MMAFighting.com, Commonwealth youth boxing silver medallist Tiernan Bradley said that he had been brought in by the McGregor camp to replicate Floyd’s style.

“People laugh when they hear me saying I can replicate Mayweather,” Bradley said. “I guess nobody can move like Floyd, but I’ve been studying everything about the guy for the last 13 years.”

Bradley at the 2015 Commonwealth Games

On his sparring partner, the Northern Irishman said that McGregor is a better boxer than people give him credit for:

“Conor is a very good boxer,” Bradley said. He doesn’t move like any other boxer. He’s powerful, fast and light on his feet…He’s very good at getting in and out and connecting. He’s so quick on his feet it’s very hard to judge the distance with him.

“He’s so fast and unpredictable — that’s a very dangerous combination. I don’t think Mayweather has ever boxed anyone like that.”

He added that The Notorious possesses a unique style and excellent stamina…

“It’s very different to any style I’ve seen over the years. He has this strange style and he can keep going at a serious pace for 12 rounds. He’s on his toes and he’s constantly keeping you guessing.”

Bradley has been chosen for his Mayweatheresque style

One key question that fans have been asking is whether McGregor’s power will still be there when he dons the heavier, 10-ounce boxing gloves. According to Bradley, it definitely will.

“I’ve got a black eye at the moment and I got that from him when he was wearing 16-ounce gloves,” Bradley said. “I don’t know if you’ve seen the photo that he uploaded onto his Instagram after our session. People are talking about his left hand and whether the power will be there with 10-ounce gloves — he lifted me off my feet with a right uppercut in 16 [ounce gloves]!

“That shot came out of nowhere. It was so fast and powerful. I can tell you now that those kinds of shots would drop boxers, and that was his right hand. He will definitely keep his stopping power with 10-ounce gloves on.”

But according to Bradley, it was McGregor’s confidence and unbreakable spirit that gave him an edge…

“My biggest takeaway from the rounds was the pace that we fought at and that he seemed unbreakable. I found it very hard to figure him out.”

“I was getting ready to spar when he came into the gym,” Bradley said. “I thought he would go upstairs to get ready himself, but he came straight over to me and shook my hand and asked me was I ready for sparring.

“He didn’t say anything specifically about the fight, but you get an unreal sense of confidence from that guy. This was the first time I met him. The way he walks, the way he talks, you can’t help but notice his self-belief. It just oozes out of him.
“When you’re sparring him that same confidence is with him. He has a whole team behind him giving him advice and supporting him. There’s a great mood in the camp.”

The pair after a hard sparring session

As for a fight prediction, while the Northern Irishman didn’t come out and say McGregor will get the win, he thinks it will be a lot closer than many fans are predicting.

“Looking at Conor yesterday,” Bradley said, “I know he’ll give Floyd a hard fight. This will not be a walkover. I really think whoever puts more into their camp will win it. I know that Conor is putting in the work and that his confidence is through the roof. He’s going to be ready when fight night comes around.”