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Floyd Mayweather: I didn’t spar for a month before McGregor fight to protect ‘brittle’ hands

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After defeating Conor Mcgregor, Floyd Mayweather Jr. revealed that fear of injury had a large impact on his preparations for the fight.

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Fresh off of beating UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their highly anticipated boxing match, Floyd Mayweather Jr. revealed he didn’t spar for a month ahead of the fight.

Mayweather made the revelation during his post-fight press conference at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. “We had a cool training camp,” remarked Mayweather. “I didn’t box for the last month, I didn’t do no sparring. There’s no excuses, he came out here and fought a hell of a fight.”

Mayweather was pressed on his decision to not spar a month out from the fight. “It was an injury, of course. Not an injury like that, but I wanted my hands to be a hundred-percent for the fight,” he answered.

“You know, I didn’t want... my hands are real brittle. Everybody knows that. I wanted my hands to be real solid when I came out here. So when I’m shooting hard shots, I’m able to break the guy down. Whereas if I were to box with a serious hand injury I wouldn’t be able to punch as hard.”

Despite not sparring for a month before his showdown with McGregor, Mayweather delivered one of his better performances as of late. Opposite the Irishman, Mayweather landed over 50% of his punches on his way to his first stoppage victory since he defeated Victor Ortiz in 2011.

The entire fight world knew all about Conor McGregor’s sparring activities during the month before this fight. Dozens of photographs released by Team McGregor showed their man getting to grips with opponents in the squared-circle.

McGregor’s most notable sparring sessions came with retired pro Paulie Malignaggi. The drawn out saga over McGregor’s camp leaking sparring footage of McGregor and Malignaggi became a leading story for weeks. Now the fight is over, maybe the full tape of their sessions will finally be released.