Paulie Malignaggi accused Conor McGregor’s team of misrepresenting how his sparring sessions went with the UFC star and left his camp for the Floyd Mayweather fight. But, according to McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, it was the retired boxer who acted unprofessionally.
If you followed the lead-up to the August 26th, Mayweather – McGregor bout, then you know that for a while, Malignaggi dominated headlines. Not only because of his fallout with McGregor and his team, but even before that, Malignaggi raised eyebrows by claiming the UFC champ doesn’t have “oh my God power.”
Well, recently Kavanagh attended the launch for the Original Penguin AW17 collection in Dublin. During the event, the Straight Blast Gym founder reported that McGregor hoped to fight Malignaggi under MMA rules. In addition, Kavanagh revealed that he and the team started to have issues with Malignaggi, not long after he joined the camp (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It wasn’t just general stuff explaining how he was part of the camp. He had to go back to New York to do some promotion for the Andre Ward fight, and straightaway he was disrespecting (McGregor’s) power.
“He was saying this and that, and I was thinking, ‘What are you doing, you have to come back here and spar Conor in seven days?’”
“This guy is a former world champion, he should know that you should keep your mouth shut until the fight is over – then write a book, then do fifty interviews..”
“That’s what threw me off, he wasn’t acting like a professional.”
Now, at the time, Malignaggi did say that McGregor might surprise Mayweather with his unorthodox approach, and he also said the star had “above average” power. But, it’s not surprising to hear that Kavanagh didn’t care for the “oh my God power” comments, or that Malignaggi was doing interviews at all. The decision to do several interviews, and talk about McGregor’s power, during the camp, certainly surprised more than a few folks in the fight game.
McGregor was stopped by Mayweather in the tenth round of their August 26th bout.