Paulie Malignaggi has fired away at Conor McGregor, since he exited the UFC champ’s training camp, and the latter hadn’t said much publicly about it, until yesterday.
Malignaggi was hired to help McGregor prepare for his August 26th boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. But, the retired boxer accused McGregor’s team of misrepresenting what took place in their second sparring session, and of mistreating him. The former boxing champ has also claimed that he bested McGregor, on the whole, during their second sparring session.
Well, McGregor held an open media workout yesterday, and of course, he was asked to respond to Malignaggi’s claims. Here is some of what the Irish star had to say (quotes via MMA Mania.com):
“He was knocked down. He was flattened against the ropes. Multiple times the ropes kept him on his feet. We were worried about him. We thought the worst was happening. He was certainly badly concussed.
“And then he just got out of there and went running. I don’t know, I don’t mind Paulie. He came in. He spoke a hell of a game previously. Very disrespectful to the skill set. Very disrespectful to the discipline. But no matter what a man says, if they shows up and tries to answer that and tries their best you have to give respect. And that’s what happened. He showed up and tried his best. It didn’t go his way, he got his ass whooped. He got his pride dented and then he wanted a way out.”
If you missed it earlier, Dana White has posted some footage of McGregor and Malignaggi sparring, but it’s only a few moments. It will be interesting to see if all of the rounds McGregor and Malignaggi threw hands are released.
McGregor was also asked if he leaked the much discussed, picture of Malignaggi on the mat, and the lightweight champ said no. According to McGregor, the only photo he released was the one of him sparring Malignaggi, with both hands behind his back.