Much like the rumours of Conor McGregor being knocked out prior to his UFC 205 clash with Eddie Alvarez, it now appears that the latest sparring KO rumour has been similarly rubbished.
Less than six weeks out from the mega-money spinning circus that is the boxing clash between Floyd Mayweather and the UFC lightweight champion, reports emerged over the weekend that former IBO, WBO and WBA world champion Jessie Vargas had claimed the Irishman had been knocked out while sparring recently.
The news spread like wildfire and the boxing credentials of the MMA superstar were once again called into question. In the days since, however, it appears that the knockout, reportedly at the hands of MMA fighter Bradley Wheeler, is, in fact, nothing more than some fanciful ‘fake news’.
According to the Mirror, Wheeler has been laid up with a broken leg following a Cage Warriors clash in June. As such, it certainly was not the 26-year-old Englishman who delivered the reported KO.
Now, Jessie Vargas’ original claim of a McGregor KO has been questioned by perhaps the most unlikely, but credible, of sources, non-other than Floyd Mayweather himself.
Reported by FightHype, Mayweather provides a unique voice of reason amid the swirling rumours.
“If I ain’t seen no footage, I don’t believe it…me and Jessie Vargas are in communication. But everything is rumours until I see it. I have to visually see it with my own eyes.”
Once signed with Mayweather Promotions and a recent visitor to Mayweather Boxing Club, it would seem almost certain that the boxing legend would have spoken to Vargas about the claim.
From his assertion that he does not believe the rumour should, therefore, be enough to put this story to bed once and for all.
Eager eyes can now, once more, turn back to August 26th, when Mayweather and McGregor face off in what will almost surely be the richest ever fight in history.