Conor McGregor has responded like only he could to the ‘McGregor Challenge’ craze sweeping the internet, telling his mockers they’re doing it wrong.
The ‘challenge’ — poking fun at the Irishman’s unorthodox warm-up techniques at last weekend’s open workouts for the Floyd Mayweather fight — has gone viral, with boxers and social media users posting their best impressions.
In a conference call on Wednesday, McGregor insisted he wasn’t offended by others making fun of him, but was quick to point out their flawed technique.
“I’ve seen some videos, but it is what it is, it’s lighthearted,” McGregor said.
“If anything, I see stiffness in every single one of them. You must have the limbs free. You must have the ability to disconnect your shoulders and reconnect it at the point of impact.
“That skillset is how you can 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 as the hip flexors for kicks.
“If I show a kick to the midsection, if I’m tight in the hip and I can’t free my leg like I can free my shoulders — like I showed in one of many training methods on how to free the shoulders — if I can do that with my hip flexors, I can change the point of impact from the belly and switch it up to the head in a millisecond.”
Former world heavyweight champion David Haye is one of the latest to take the challenge. Again, McGregor is not particularly impressed.
“I’ve seen people, David Haye, hit pads with it,” McGregor said. “You can’t hit pads when the shoulder is disconnected, you’ll do serious damage to yourself. And David Haye is a guy who has pulled out of contests with a sore baby toe, so he has to be careful with the way he hits pads. But again, it is what it is.”
McGregor added he felt “discarded” by the boxing community ahead of the Mayweather showdown.
“It’s like I’m not welcome here,” he said. “It’s certainly motivating, the disrespect and the disregard for my skill set. I look at people sometimes, and their mind is closed. They’ve got such a closed mind on how things can be done. It’s a set way and no other way.”