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Conor McGregor honing boxing skills ahead of Floyd Mayweather showdown

Conor McGregor has posted photos on social media of him landing blows on a sparring partner during training for his lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

The mixed martial artist faces Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26 in a contest that will be staged under normal boxing rules.

One of the photos published on his official Instagram account shows a bare-chested McGregor finding his target above the caption of "Left uppercut. Southpaw".

The 28-year-old Irishman can also be seen connecting with a left jab, the picture accompanied by the words "Full 74 inch reach. And I'm in Orthodox".

And with his opponent seen backed up against the ropes in a third photo, McGregor writes "Get into that corner".

Few are expecting the UFC lightweight champion to trouble Mayweather despite his punching power and he has been installed as a 5-1 underdog by bookmakers.

He trained at a gym in his native Dublin as a youngster but has never previously boxed as an amateur or professional, while former multi-weight world champion Mayweather compiled a 49-0 record before retiring two years ago.

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