Not using a pad may make it a bit trickier to get your left foot on, dependant on flexibility I suppose. However in terms of pulling on/up once your foots on I can't see it making much difference, you have to pull hard whatever.
Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting it's not 7c+, it may well be. If I hadn't hit the hold straight off then I wouldn't have subsequently done due to the hole in my finger. I can imagine it repeatedly cutting holes in your tips, then a couple of weeks lay off to heal, then another go, another hole etc etc and before you know it the problem has taken over a month to climb and feels nails. I'm just saying I haven't previously flashed 7c+, no more and no less. Perhaps this should be in YYFY then?
Anyway still interested to hear about his sequence on Nik's Wall so if you hear any more from him please pass the info on.