Paulie Malignaggi Responds After Conor McGregor Calls Him Out For MMA Fight
Former professional boxer turned boxing commentator Paulie Malignaggi has turned down his nemesis Conor McGregor’s invitation to fight against him in the UFC. The Irish mixed martial artist famously posted footage of his sparring rounds with Malignaggi leading up to his professional boxing debut against Floyd “Money” Mayweather, leading to a disgruntled Malignaggi leaving McGregor’s training camp.
Malignaggi boats a record of 36 wins and 8 losses, fighting at light-welter and welterweight during his professional boxing career.
His challenge to the UFC’s lightweight champion has been simple, that if McGregor “handled” him during the sparring rounds they shared then he should be prepared to show it once more in a professional boxing match.
The footage that has sparked off the rivalry was posted on August 11th, 2017 by UFC president Dana White, showing Malignaggi being knocked down on the canvas, and eating some heavy shots from the Irishman.
“You talked all this sh*t about how you handled it in the cage.
“Now not only are you not releasing the video but now you want to not box either?” Malignaggi told ES News.
“Nah, he doesn’t want it that way. You’ve got to be a man and prove yourself.”
Malignaggi is adamant that McGregor must back up what he’s said in a fight but has refused to face McGregor inside the UFC’s octagon. “You’ve got to show what kind of balls you’ve got.,” he said. “It’s easy to talk all that s*** now. Since it was so easy, you’ve got to box and prove it.”
“No, we’re not going in a cage because that’s not where you “handled me,” he added.
“You “handled me” in the ring, right? So now go and prove it.
“He’s got to man up now. He’s got to stand up for what he said or he’s gonna continue to prove what I said about him.
“That he’s got no balls.”
Considering the fact that McGregor went up against the undefeated veteran boxer Floyd Mayweather in his professional boxing debut, we’d say McGregor is about as ballsy as they come. Could a boxing superfight between these two arch-rivals actually happen, or do you think Malignaggi is just trying to stay in the spotlight?