Popular UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has fired back at former boxer Paulie Malignaggi, after he departed the Irishman’s fight camp under less than fantastic terms. Malignaggi had been brought into McGregor’s camp for his boxing super fight against veteran boxer Floyd Mayweather due to his ability to emulate Mayweather’s boxing style. Unfortunately, it seems that McGregor’s team may have released one too many embarrassing images from their time training together, as Malignaggi made the decision to leave the camp in the last few days, and McGregor has made no bones about what he thinks of his ex-sparring partner.
This is not the first time a training partner of McGregor’s has chosen to depart his boxing fight camp, with Malignaggi joining boxer Chris van Heerden in his decision to walk away. Both fighters allege that McGregor’s team had attempted to make him look more talented than he actually is, with edited footage of Van Heerden sparring with McGregor being used to hype the Irishman’s skills in the ring. Images of Malignaggi looking bruised and battered as well as lying flat on the canvas circulated earlier last week, with Malignaggi insisting that the imaged were “painting a picture that wasn’t true.”
“This was a push down in sparring, post the whole video, rounds 1 through 12 unedited,” he said in a post on Twitter. “I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now you’re going to get the truth.”
McGregor has fired back while on Showtime’s All Access show saying that “he stayed in there, you’ve got to give him respect for that.”
“But that was it – He came, he got his ass whooped and that was it.” The mixed martial artist then explained why he had brought Malignaggi into his training camp. “I was just watching this guy speak, like ‘who the f*ck is he?”
“I looked at his stance, looked at his approach, there are some similarities to Floyd… I don’t really give a f*ck if there was similarities or not, He was speaking a hell of a game. I said ‘bring this boy in here and let’s fight!'”
Do you think the images of Paulie Malignaggi lying on the canvas were the result of a push-down, or do you think McGregor laid him out? Is this all an elaborate scheme to build hype for McGregor’s fight with Floyd Mayweather? Let us know in the comments!