In preparation for his upcoming boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor and his team hired Paulie Malignaggi to act as Notorious' sparring partner to give him the much needed boxing practice.
Videos have recently emerged of McGregor knocking down Malignaggi, who has come out and said it was illegal.
There is no doubt the UFC fans will watch this video and think it was a completely fair knockdown, while boxing fans will side with Malignaggi and say that McGregor dragged him down and therefore it was illegal.
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Fans will continue to argue, yet the person who is definitely qualified enough to make a fair and neutral judgement is licensed boxing referee and judge Tom Taylor.
Taylor said when he first saw the knockdown, he was sure it was legal, yet, when he watched it back over again, he became unsure.
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Speaking to MMA Fighting, Taylor said: “The first time I looked at the video — that quick six, seven seconds — it looked like a knockdown.
"But, when you slow it down, you can see how he has him held down behind his neck, behind his head. Paulie pulls up and (McGregor) lets go, (Malignaggi’s) momentum is taking him. And then there’s that short little right hand that lands.
“It’s a judgment call and I think it could go either way. I wouldn’t argue it either way if a referee said it was a knockdown or no knockdown.”
Taylor came to the conclusion that he would just rule it as an illegal knockdown, but said the footage provided much ambiguity.
Therefore, what seemed to be a devastating knockdown by McGregor, has actually been questioned by the most qualified of people in boxing.
Somehow, team McGregor have released a video that could be interpreted in a couple of different ways. Some will say knockdown, others will say pushdown.
You can watch the sparring video that was released below and make up your own mind.
How will this affect McGregor's confidence leading up to the fight? Will Mayweather be more calm after hearing Taylor's verdict?
Yet, there is no doubt Taylor, like many other boxing and UFC fans around the world, cannot wait for McGregor to finally go toe-to-toe with Mayweather in what should be a fight for the ages.
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