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While Conor McGregor spent the last week going toe to toe with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the microphone, former world champion Jessie Vargas cast further doubt on whether McGregor can hang with Mayweather in the ring.
In an interview with Villainfy Media, Vargas said McGregor got knocked out during a sparring session in preparation for his Aug. 26 bout with Mayweather.
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While considered a great striker in a mixed martial arts capacity, many question whether McGregor has bitten off more than he can chew in a fight against Mayweather.
In June, Chris van Heerden shared a clip of himself sparring with McGregor, and the UFC lightweight champion looked overmatched:
Chris van Heerden @TheHeat001
People telling me Mayweather will have his hands full trying to land on McGregor -STOP IT! I respect McGregor BUT i ain’t Floyd and i landed https://t.co/gd4dFi3XUU
McGregor also failed to silence his critics with a training montage he posted to Twitter in June:
Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA
You’ve never seen these moves. #Ghost https://t.co/3u5grfk9Ix
Mayweather posted a training clip on the same day and hasn’t appeared to lose much speed despite spending over a year-and-a-half out of the ring:
Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather
According to OddsShark, McGregor is a 7-2 underdog against Mayweather.
McGregor’s months of training should pay off with regard to making him an improved boxer, but he’s facing a nearly impossible task of bridging a gap with one of the best defensive boxers in the history of the sport.