Conor McGregor “Knocked Out” In Sparring Session Ahead Of Floyd Mayweather Fight

This could be very bad news for boxing fans...

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Conor McGregor’s preparations for his upcoming mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr may have suffered a significant setback.

It comes amid reports suggesting fellow MMA fighter Bradley Wheeler knocked the Irishman out during a recent spot of sparring.

Former two-weight champion Jessie Vargas made the claims during an interview with Villainfy Media, claiming that Wheeler managed to floor McGregor during sparring.

“I heard that they tried Bradley Wheeler but he knocked him out,” Vargas said.

“I’m looking forward to Floyd coming out with a victory by knockout in six, seven rounds. I have no doubt. I actually wanna put some money on it. It’s a 99 per cent win.”

You can check out the full interview with Vargas, here:

It’s not the first time this kind of claim has been made. South African boxer Chris van Heerden recently revealed he went six rounds with McGregor and “was not fazed at all”.

Whether that is entirely true is unclear, though footage posted online by the South African fighter certainly appears to back up some of his claims.

In the clip, he’s shown to be more than equal to the challenge of McGregor, though it’s likely that the Irishman would have improved somewhat since this clip was filmed:

Though it’s worth taking each of these claims with a massive dollop of salt if correct, the so-called fight of the century could end up being little more than a damp squib.

Plenty of major pundits and former pros have predicted as much to with everyone from Michael Buffer to Manny Pacquaio backing Mayweather to win with ease.

But could this all be part of McGregor’s plan, designed to lull Money into a false sense of security or are we giving him way too much credit?

It’s too early to say, though McGregor had best be careful, especially if those rumours suggesting his already bet his fight purse on the outcome of the bout turn out to be true.

At least he’ll be able to sell on that amazing “F*ck You” suit which has already set him back a fair bit.

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