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Floyd Mayweather’s Teammates Talk About The Conor McGregor-Paulie Malignaggi Situation

August 11, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with MMA Fighting, Floyd Mayweather’s sparring partners Maurice Lee and Daquan Mays spoke about Conor McGregor’s recent treatment of his own sparring partner, Paulie Malignaggi. Here are highlights:

Lee on what Malignaggi leaving proves: “It shows a lot. It shows [McGregor is] more focused on the show than the actual skill. He should be focused on the boxing, not trying to post stuff like that this close to the fight. He should be more focused, I feel. Because Floyd is very focused.”

Mays on how Mayweather treats his teammates: “Floyd is real respectful, man. Treats you good, pays good. End of the day, gives you good recognition. He’s not the kind of guy that punches on you and tells everybody else to talk about you and brags about it. You don’t win fights in the gym. You do — but fights aren’t held in the gym. So there’s no point to brag about what you did in the gym. ‘I got a knockout in the gym, I got a stoppage in the gym.’ That’s gym work. It’s not about what goes on in the camp, it’s about what goes on when the lights shine on you.”

Lee on what McGregor did wrong: “That whole situation, that wasn’t right. He should have been grateful that Paulie wanted to help him gain some experience. Because Paulie ain’t no Floyd. He should have been happy he got to see a strong, veteran boxer to help him prepare the best he could, because he’s gonna need it. He should have took advantage of that. Paulie is a technically sound boxer. His IQ of boxing is very high. He has no power and he was world champion twice. That shows a lot. I heard Paulie was getting the best of him. And Paulie Malignaggi is not Floyd.”