We are rapidly racing towards the most anticipated match up of a generation when Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will take to a Las Vegas ring to hash out one of the biggest grudge matches in living memory.
McGregor goes into the bout as the undisputed underdog, taking on an undefeated superstar and veteran of the game. Mayweather has been going about the business of winning fights for a long time and is a wily campaigner who knows how to get the job done.
McGregor's only chance, according to many, is if he keeps it as unorthodox as possible. The Irishman has got up the nose of a lot in the boxing world with what he has brought to the table and it has resulted in the 29-year-old being cast as a bit of a court jester figure in the build up.
It is fair to say that a lot of the boxing world isn't expecting Mayweather to have a tough day's work when the two finally meet, but the way in which McGregor is being mocked and portrayed will only serve to fuel the Irishman's determination to prove the world wrong.
This is only shown by McGregor's reaction to having one of his warm-up idiosyncrasies mocked by some big names over the last few days.
McGregor performed his "spaghetti arms" routine for the media as he loosened up at a recent open training session, leading to some less than subtle jibes from the likes of David Haye and Terence Crawford on social media.
Haye's 'impression', in particular, drew plenty of attention.
While to the uncultured eye, it looks like McGregor is just wildly flailing about, he insists there is a method in his madness.
"I've seen some videos but it is what it is," McGregor said on a conference call on Wednesday, as per JOE.
"It's light-hearted, I don't take it personally. If anything I see stiffness in every single one of them.
"You must have the limbs free. Your shoulders must be disconnected. You must have the ability to disconnect your shoulder and reconnect it at the point of impact. That skill set is how you change a jab to a hook in the blink of an eye or a jab to an uppercut in the blink of an eye.
"It's the same thing with hip flexors with kicks. If I throw a teep, a front kick, to your midsection and I'm tight in the hips and can't free the legs like I can free my shoulders, like I showed with one of many training methods of how to free the shoulders, if I can do that with my hip flexors then I can change the point of impact from the belly and switch it up to the head in a millisecond.
"These are age old training methods. That shoulder training method that you saw was made very popular by the great Rickson Gracie, one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts.
"It's a shoulder-loosening exercise. It gets the shoulders warmed up but you've got to do it correctly."
"I saw David Haye hit pads with it but you can't hit pads when the shoulder's disconnected. You hit when the shoulder is disconnected and you'll do serious damage to yourself. And David Haye is a man who has been pulled out of contests with a sore baby toe so he must be careful with the way he hits pads.
"It is what it is. We will educate as we go forward. It's a marathon and not a sprint."
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