Conor McGregor’s working relationship with his sparring partners has ended up being a point of contention in the lead up to his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. To hear Paulie Malignaggi tell it, the UFC lightweight champion is running some sort of sparring sweatshop, putting people up in flophouses, while taking advantage of them in the gym.
Then again, that may not be the full story.
In the wake of recent violent events in Charlottesville, VA, McGregor sparring partner Dashon Johnson took the opportunity to highlight the harmony and unity in the Irishman’s fight camp. Johnson, himself a former UFC featherweight – and sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao – posted his call for love and unity on his private Instagram account.
“In a world filled with so much racism and hate,” Johnson wrote on social media, “along with the recent horrific events that have occurred in Virginia, I hope this picture spreads some light and love on that matter... as you can see here, we are from different parts of the world and backgrounds – two brothers from different mothers, showing Love to one another... come August 26th my heart bleeds for this man and is in his corner regardless of the outcome, not because of his skill, but because he is a great human being and continues to show it outside the ring or octagon...”
“My brother, thank you for all your help in this camp my man,” McGregor wrote in response, “From Ireland to Vegas! Much love.”
Conor McGregor faces Floyd Mayweather on August 26th in Las Vegas, NV. The PPV event is also expected to feature bouts between Gervonta Davis & Francisco Fonseca, Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack, and Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and notes as the night approaches.