Recently one of Conor McGregor’s training partners predicted the UFC champ would look to show Paulie Malignaggi his comments about his power were off base. But, based off what the latter’s reporting, following his latest sparring session with McGregor, it doesn’t sound like that’s happened.
After Malignaggi sparred with McGregor for the first time, he made headlines, by relaying that while the latter hits hard, he doesn’t have “oh my God power”. The comments caused a stir not only because of their content, but because most people didn’t expect Malignaggi would discuss his sparring sessions with McGregor.
“Paulie has only sparred Conor once, and that’s the one everybody’s dying to know about. I was in Paulie’s corner and although he hasn’t fought since March and is retired, he’s getting sharper by the day.
You can see he’s still a class operator, and it was an interesting spar to watch – more a full on fight actually. Conor told us all when Paulie came into camp ‘this is not a spar, I want to fight him. I’m ready for a war’….
“I saw what he said about Conor’s power and he’s playing a bit of a dangerous game because he still has more spars to go with Conor, and Conor will be out there to knock him out. He’ll want to show him he has ‘oh my God’ power.”
Since then, however, Malignaggi has stepped into the ring once again with McGregor. Following the sparring session, the decorated boxer spoke to TMZ, and Malignaggi reported they went for 12 rounds. He also reported it was extremely intense, and that McGregor’s already improved, since they boxed for the first time nearly two weeks ago.
Not surprisingly, Malignaggi was also asked about his “oh my god power” comments. The retired fighter repeated that while McGregor doesn’t hit ridiculously hard, he does have “respectable” power that opponents need to look out for. You can watch the entire interview below.
McGregor will box Floyd Mayweather on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.