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Floyd Mayweather’s Sparring Partner “Heard’ Paulie Malignaggi Was “Getting the Best” of Conor McGregor

Kelsey Mowatt


Conor McGregor is going to box Floyd Mayweather in just over two weeks time, but talk regarding his fallout with Paulie Malignaggi, continues to make headlines.

As you surely know by now, Malignaggi was hired by McGregor’s camp to help him get ready for the August 26th bout with Mayweather. But, a social media post and some other issues Malignaggi had with McGregor’s team, prompted him to leave the camp. Since then, Malignaggi hasn’t held back in blasting McGregor, and he’s also claimed he got the better of McGregor in their second sparring session.

Well, not surprisingly, Malignaggi’s departure from McGregor’s camp was a top story at Team Mayweather’s open media workout yesterday. Here’s some of what Maurice Lee, one of Mayweather’s sparring partners, had to say about the issue (quote via MMA Fighting):

“That whole situation, that wasn’t right,” Lee said. “He should have been grateful that Paulie wanted to help him gain some experience. Because Paulie ain’t no Floyd. He should have been happy he got to see a strong, veteran boxer to help him prepare the best he could, because he’s gonna need it.

“He should have took advantage of that. Paulie is a technically sound boxer. His IQ of boxing is very high. He has no power and he was world champion twice. That shows a lot. I heard Paulie was getting the best of him. And Paulie Malignaggi is not Floyd.”

Now, it should be noted that one of McGregor’s sparring partners, Tiernan Bradley, has claimed the Irish star was the “clear winner” of the much discussed, second sparring session. But, if in fact Malignaggi is right, and he did outgun McGregor, that doesn’t bode well for the UFC champ, August 26th. Although, most pundits have been saying McGregor has little chance that night anyways…

Malignaggi is a decorated boxer, who faced many top tier talents during his career, but as Lee noted, he’s not Floyd. One of the best defensive boxers of all time.

Mayweather – McGregor will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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