Trainer Robert Garcia says lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) would mess UFC star Conor McGregor up in just 30 seconds if the two of them sparred each other. McGregor, who weighs over 170 pounds when fully rehydrated, just released edited video of him working over former 2 division world champion Paulie Malignaggi during sparring.
Malignaggi was in McGregor’s camp to help him get ready for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26. Malignaggi left the camp in a hurry after 2 photos of the sparring sessions were leaked to the media. The photos did not make Malignaggi look good. The same can be said about the edited video, which showed McGregor slapping Malignaggi around the ring and knocking him down.
“If Mikey gets paid to take it easy, Mikey can make him look good if he wants,” said trainer Robert Garcia to esnewsreporting. “But if Mikey wants, he’ll [expletive] him up in 30 seconds. It’s easy as that.”
Mikey weighed in the 140s for his fight with Adrien Broner on July 29. Mikey won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but he didn’t look powerful. He’s clearly not a true light welterweight. He’s a much better fighter at lightweight at 135. For Mikey to have a chance at beating up Conor McGregor he would need to weigh a lot more. McGregor would use his size, power and southpaw stance to beat up Mikey and likely stop him if the two of them were to fight for real.
”I don’t know about 30 seconds, but I’d [expletive] him up,” said Miley about Conor.
Mikey needs to just concentrate on going back down to 135, because he’s not going to be able to beat McGregor or any of the light welterweights like Terence Crawford. Mikey won’t even mention Crawford’s name.