Considering they have built up a friendship over the past year, Michael Conlan was never going to be a massive critic of the proposed Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather clash.
However, the Belfast fighter, who is in action in Chicago tonight, has always been a straight and honest talker and isn’t afraid to upset anyone, as his post Olympic behavior revealed, and when discussing a bout that some have slated he seemed genuine in his praise for ‘The Notorious’.
While he didn’t go as far as to predict an Irish win when MAA meets Boxing, he did point out he has been impressed with the former Crumlin amateur’s boxing skills when he had the chance to watch him train and spar.
‘I’ve never sparred him but I did train with him. I’ve seen him work on the bags, I’ve seen him work on his pad work and, you know, how he moves in the ring. And you know, I was impressed. I was impressed I’ll admit.
“You know, I’ve seen MMA fighters with boxing skills and you’re saying ‘ok, they’re ok, but they’re not gonna be a boxer.’ But Conor definitely has the skill.”
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey speak to Jason Quigley on Episode 5 of The Irish Boxing Show: