Conor McGregor will box Floyd Mayweather in less than three weeks time, but the name Paulie Malignaggi continues to dominate headlines.
The reason being, of course, is that Malignaggi was brought in to help McGregor prepare for the upcoming bout. But. the decorated boxer announced last week that he was leaving the UFC champ’s camp, after a social media post was made he didn’t care for. Since then, Malignaggi has been doing a fair bit of press, and the New York fighter hasn’t had many positive things to say about McGregor.
Malignaggi appeared on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, and the retired boxer discussed in detail, his last and final sparring session with McGregor. Malignaggi believes he was set up by McGregor’s camp, as he says he wasn’t informed in advance that they would be going for 12 rounds. In addition, folks like Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta were in attendance, so Malignaggi thinks McGregor’s team was hoping the Irish star would score a clear cut win in the session.
But, according to Malignaggi, thinks didn’t unfold that way. Here is just some of what the former boxing champ had to say about the sparring session (quote via MMA Fighting):
“From about six rounds on, he became very hittable,” Malignaggi said. “So much more hittable that I was putting more weight on my shots and sitting down more on my shots, and of course, the body shots started to affect him more and more.
“Of course, I’m talking the whole time, because the first time he made sure to talk the whole time. Now I’m talking more and more and I’m letting him know, ‘you can’t hang, these body shots feel good, right?’
“In MMA the body shots aren’t the same as in boxing in that there is consistency to body shots in boxing. There is a debilitating breakdown from the body shots in boxing. Little by little you feel the air come out of you with fatigue…
The interesting thing here is that McGregor and his camp haven’t had much to say about Malignaggi’s allegations. Maybe they just don’t really care, and are just focusing on getting ready for Mayweather.
It will be interesting to see if any footage of McGregor and Malignaggi sparring ever surfaces. That’s for sure.