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Boxing Ref Reports Conor McGregor – Paulie Malignaggi Sparring Got a “Little Out of Control”

Kelsey Mowatt


Since Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor have traded verbal shots in the past, some wondered if sparring between the two would get pretty intense, and it sounds like that’s exactly the case.

Recently McGregor brought in Malignaggi to help him prepare for his August 26th boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Even before the decorated boxer joined McGregor’s camp, the latter said he would make Malignaggi answer for some of the things he’s said about him. Shortly after Malignaggi started sparring with the UFC champ, he reported that the two had engaged in trash talk while throwing hands.

Well, Hall of Fame boxing ref, Joe Cortez, was hired by McGregor’s team to officiate the sessions and to help the Irish fighter get accustomed to boxing rules. While talking to Sirius XM, Cortez had this to say about the sparring sessions between Malignaggi and McGregor (quotes via Bloody Elbow):

“He handled himself pretty good with Paulie. That guy can pop. He was in there mixing it up a little bit with Paulie and it was the real thing. They was no messing around. In fact, I had to stop the action and I had to say, ‘Alright guys, you guys are a little out of control here, you gotta stop this.’ It got a little rough.”

“They were both roughing each other up and I had to stop the action like in a regular fight. They were holding too much, they were trying to punch each other. I mean, it got a little bit out of control where I had to call ‘Time!’

This shouldn’t come as a shocker if you’re familiar with both guys. It will be interesting to see if anyone has recorded the sessions and if at some point, any of the footage gets released.

Mayweather – McGregor will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout is expected to be the highest grossing fight in combat sports history. As it stands right now, Mayweather is sitting around the -600 mark as the favorite to win.


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