Eye Witness Makes Stunning Claim About Paulie Malignaggi’s “Biggest Lie”
It’s no secret that Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye during their short-lived sparring sessions in the run up to the Irishman’s August 26 showdown with Floyd Mayweather.
In a way, it was entirely predictable: with egos the size of theirs, sparks were always bound to fly, but now, Malignaggi has released his extraordinary blow-by-blow account of what went down during their two sparring sessions.
Speaking with MMA oracle Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour, the former two-time champion said that he believes he was set up to fail by the McGregor camp but he ended up getting the better of the UFC lightweight champ.
“I land in Vegas and they tell me, ‘you’re going 12 [rounds] tomorrow’,” Malignaggi told Ariel Helwani. “Now, for people who aren’t familiar with a training camp, no one is ever expected to do 12 straight [rounds]. The fighter in camp does 12 straight, but when the fighter in camp does 12 straight, he alternates [sparring partners].
“Doing it like that you’re gaining two things; you have the sparring partners all at their best and, like I said, [the fighter in camp] gets uncomfortable – you have to be comfortable getting uncomfortable at times.
“By the time you get to the third [sparring partner], you’re tiring, you’re uncomfortable. And the [sparring partner] is fresh, he’s looking to beat the crap out of you, you know?”
The boxer-turned-pundit admitted that McGregor got the better of him over the first five rounds of the second session but claims that he took over after that.
“He hung tough the first five rounds,” Malignaggi said. “He came out sharper, with more of a purpose. He hung tough for the first rounds, he even landed a couple of good shots, but I was starting to take over.
“My work was more consistent. My style was more consistent. My counter punching was sharper. My jab was sharper. There was just more consistency on my part.
“From about six rounds on, he became very hittable. 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.
“Fatigue is always hard because you don’t have enough snap in your shots any more. You can’t throw as often as you want to.”
But now a third party has come to the table, calling out Paulie on his biggest lie.
Sparring partner, Tiernan Bradley, who has been heavily involved in Conor’s camp over the last few weeks and watched the entire spar, claims Conor was the “clear winner” and believed he was extremely professional.
“It wasn’t a one-sided spar either way but I thought one was the clear winner overall and that was Conor. He was very calm, very professional and, honestly, he really impressed me on the day,” said Bradley.
“Paulie has done plenty of talking, but he could be talking himself into a hole when the footage comes out after the Mayweather fight.”
Bradley followed on questioning Malignaggi’s mentality in the camp, admitting that as a sparring partner of McGregor’s, it was way off where it should have been.
“When you join a Conor McGregor camp, you know pictures are going to be released every day. Sometimes they might not be the most flattering.”
So what do you think? Is there more to this story than first meets the eye?