Most boxing fans thought an out of shape Paulie would school Conor if they sparred.
Then they sparred and the photos were released and they thought it was bullshit and that Conor pushed him down. It was all bullshit. Paulie himself even said Conor pushed him down out of frustration from getting handled in the sparring.
Paulie then changed his tune a bit & said Conor done well for the first 5 rds, then gassed but came back to win the last 2. He left the camp & begged for video to be released to prove that if wasn't a knockdown.
Now they video gets released and all of a sudden boxing fans dismiss the knockdown completely and want to see the whole sparring video.
So it started with Paulie and most boxing fans laughing at the idea Conor could even last 12 rounds of sparring against a former world champ, to now being upset cos a video was released (a video they asked for) cos its "unethical" for the noble sport of boxing. And now Paulie is just an out of shape former world champ that's basically just a nobody.
They didn't seem to say much when Floyd showed videos on HBO & Showtime of himself and his fighters beating the shit out of their poor sparring partners in the doghouse. That's cool. Conor's approach however is underhanded and probably racist. Rumour has it he had pasta and a banana that day after sparring Paulie. Obviously taking a jab at Paulie's Italian heritage and another dig at Floyd and blacks everywhere for being monkeys.