Most knowledgeable observers give Conor McGregor a mere ‘puncher’s chance’ in his fast-approaching boxing match with pure pugilism’s former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Others refuse to afford the UFC lightweight champion even that.
The latter group believe that McGregor will have such a difficult time actually finding the elusive Mayweather with a shot that discussing the power in the Dubliner’s lauded left hand is completely pointless. Some have even questioned McGregor’s punching power, despite the fact that he has scored 18 stoppages in his 21 wins as a professional mixed martial artist. Their doubt is rooted in the fact that the gloves used in MMA are so much smaller than those McGregor will be wearing when he steps between the ropes to face Mayweather on August 26th, 4 ounces vs 10 ounces.
However, when he spoke to Peter Carroll of MMAFighting this week, recently recruited McGregor sparring partner Tiarnan Bradley expressed confidence that the UFC star’s fists will retain their devastating potential even when they are encased in bigger, more padded mitts on August 26th.
“I’ve got a black eye at the moment and I got that from him when he was wearing 16-ounce gloves,” said the talented 20-year-old amateur boxer from County Tyrone.
“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.”
Bradley is one of four men that we now know have been brought in to help McGregor prepare for his seemingly impossible task. Dashon Johnson, a 22-21-3 pro boxer who has also competed in the UFC, 5-2 Irish pro Jay Byrne and undefeated British pro Louis Adolphe are the others(via BloodyElbow).
Bradley revealed that he had been hired by McGregor’s camp earlier in the week via social media, but added that he will only work with ‘The Notorious’ one for a short time. Bradley will be left behind when McGregor departs Ireland for the United States a couple of weeks from now. There McGregor will begin working out with recently retired former IBF super-lightweight and WBA welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi.