Did Conor McGregor really get knocked out by his sparring partner during a recent training session? That’s the question that many people have been asking over course of the last couple days, ever since boxer Jessie Vargas came out and said that he heard McGregor got KO’d while training for his Aug. 26 fight with Floyd Mayweather.
There are quite a few people who are skeptical about the story Vargas told, and it appears as though Mayweather himself is one of those people. On Monday night, shortly after the story about McGregor getting knocked out started making the rounds, Fight Hype caught up with Mayweather. He revealed that he’s actually been in communication with Vargas recently about possibly doing some work together for Mayweather Promotions. But Mayweather said that, even though he’s spoken with Vargas, he’s not necessarily buying the story he told about McGregor since he hasn’t seen the knockout take place with his own eyes.
"My thing basically is like this: If I ain’t seen no footage, I don’t believe it," Mayweather said. "Me and Jessie Vargas are in communication. We’re talking about working together with Mayweather Promotions. I would love to work with Jessie Vargas. We’ve been communicating. But I can’t—everything is rumors until I see it. I’m the type of person, I have to visually see it with my own eyes."
McGregor himself hasn’t responded directly to the knockout allegations. But late Monday night, he did put up this photo on Instagram along with the caption, "Sparring today."
We’ll probably never know whether or not Vargas’ story is actually true. But either way, it’s generating even more hype around the Mayweather/McGregor fight, which is only going to help both fighters in the end.