Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) before his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov (red gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

McGregor and Canelo Exchange Fiery Comments Over Previous Mayweather Fights

McGregor Claims Superior Performance Against Mayweather, Sparks Heated Exchange with Canelo Alvarez

The world of combat sports witnessed a heated exchange between Conor McGregor and Canelo Alvarez, evolving from a comparison of their performances against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. McGregor’s claim of superiority in his bout against Mayweather sparked the verbal fray.

The controversy ignited when Conor McGregor highlighted a clip from Mayweather’s 2013 victory over Alvarez, asserting he “landed more shots” on Mayweather during their own 2017 encounter. This claim riled Alvarez, leading to a sharp response.

“I just need one hand with you and I don’t need to throw so many punches,” retorted Alvarez on social media, punctuating his message with a laughing emoji.

McGregor wasn’t wrong, per se. Compubox statistics confirm that the Irish MMA fighter landed 26 percent of his punches against Mayweather, edging out Alvarez’s 22 percent from their 2013 match-up. Though Alvarez had the upper hand in power punches, McGregor quickly dismissed this, unleashing more taunts.

“Saul, you uncooked chicken, I’ll stomp the ligaments out of your knee joint,” McGregor lashed out. “I don’t even need hands to end you, I’ll kick you raw pink, leave you looking like you were left out in the sun too long haha freckle arse. I will see you and we will see. Canelo is a cornflake, no sugar.”

This online spat has placed Alvarez in the crosshairs of several potential contenders across combat sports, including notable names from MMA and the influencer sphere. UFC’s Kamaru Usman and internet personality Jake Paul have both signaled interest in facing the Mexican boxer.

While McGregor is charting a course back to the octagon with a prospective bout against Michael Chandler, the timeline remains nebulous due to recent disruptions in the UFC’s anti-doping policies. Amid these professional uncertainties, the war of words with Canelo underscores McGregor’s penchant for controversy and sets the stage for potential future cross-discipline encounters.

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