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Conor McGregor’s Coach Discusses Paulie Malignaggi Fall Out With Team

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Although Paulie Malignaggi has accused Conor McGregor’s team of misrepresenting their sparring, and has fired away at the Irish star, the latter’s coach is glad the retired boxer was part of their camp.

Malignaggi has dominated headlines in recent days, following his departure from McGregor’s camp, in advance of the latter’s August 26th bout with Floyd Mayweather. Malignaggi was upset by a social media post that McGregor’s team made, which showed him on the mat, and insinuated the UFC champ had knocked him down.

In addition to that, Malignaggi has accused McGregor of being arrogant, mistreating his sparring partners, and has also claimed that he got the better of the star in their second, sparring session. 

Well, despite all this, McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, had this to say about Malignaggi while speaking to MMA Fighting (quotes via Bloody Elbow):

“I haven’t actually seen anything. You know, you’re scrolling through the news and I can see he’s done quite a few interviews, but I’ve genuinely not watched one. The only thing I would say is I was very grateful to have him here. We got two great spars out of him.

I’m very confident of Conor’s skills, but I’d have to be—you know, the engineer in me would have to be honest and say I hadn’t seen him spar a high-level boxer until I saw him spar Paulie, and it was nice to be confirmed what I was very sure of; his technique and skills would cross over to this area. That only confirmed it for me, so I’m very happy with Paulie, very glad he was part of the team.

To be honest, two good spars out of him was kind of what I was expecting anyway. The fact that it went sour and he’s clearly unhappy, what comment can I make to that? That’s up to him.”

That’s a pretty classy response no? Although things didn’t work out, chances are McGregor did take a lot away from his sparring sessions with Malignaggi, regardless if he took more than he gave or not.

Mayweather and McGregor are going to fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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