Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor an 'extremely dirty' boxer before their big fight

Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor an 'extremely dirty' boxer before their big fight

Eight days. That's all that lies between us and the monumental match of a lifetime between UFC champion Conor McGregor, who is stepping into the boxing ring to take on the undefeated champ coming out of retirement, Floyd Mayweather.

Although there are doubts over whether McGregor can successfully make the switch to a new sport, or if Floyd Mayweather's still got it after nearly two years out of the game, fight fans are still extremely excited to see this bout unfold.

Mayweather training Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA Today Sports

Ahead of the showdown at the T-Mobile Arena on August 26, both McGregor and Mayweather have given us plenty to think about, and the latest comments from Floyd Mayweather are probably aimed at getting Conor McGregor even more riled up, making this spicy sporting occasion even spicier.

Although they seem fairly similar to the uninitiated eye, boxing and MMA are very different sports, and while Mayweather's defensive fighting style should give him the edge, McGregor's experience in the UFC will present a rather unique problem for the 40-year-old, 49-game-unbeaten boxer.

The odds are stacked against McGregor, and many pundits believe the Irishman's best chance of prevailing may lie in the 29-year-old getting in a few dirty punches, and allowing the contest to devolve into a scrap. It won't be pretty, but it may just turn out to be very effective.

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In preparation for the historic punchout, Conor McGregor has been in the news recently, after ambiguous footage of his sparring sessions caused his sparring partner, retired boxer Paulie Malignaggi, to leave the McGregor camp, resulting in UFC chief Dana White releasing footage showing Malignaggi falling down after sparring with McGregor.

It's not clear whether Malignaggi was knocked down or pushed, but either way, Floyd Mayweather has seen enough to conclude that the Irishman is a dirty boxer. Citing a whole host of "illegal" moves, Mayweather admitted that he'd leave things in the hands of referee Robert Byrd when he officiates the fight with the "extremely dirty" McGregor.

"A lot of shots were illegal. There was a lot of grappling and illegal punching behind the head. He had Joe Cortez [a retired Hall of Fame referee] in his camp but I still saw him being extremely dirty. My job is not to worry about the referee but to let the referee do his job."

Conor McGregor vs Paulie Malignaggi Credit: YouTube

Last week, Floyd Mayweather's comments had a hint of the mind games about them, as he admitted that his return to the ring was proving a steeper learning curve than he initially thought. "I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago," said Mayweather, and even intimated that the boxing newbie may have the upper hand on August 26.

Now, though, Floyd Mayweather is being a great deal less subtle about his jibes. Has the 40-year-old landed a critical verbal blow in the ongoing war of words between himself and Conor McGregor? It remains to be seen whether Mayweather will goad McGregor into coming out all guns blazing a week Saturday, but now we're so close to finding out.