Retired professional boxer, Paulie Malignaggi spoke with ESPN after having two sparring sessions with UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor. Malignaggi was brought in by McGregor’s camp to help McGregor with training for his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. However, Malignaggi left the camp after just two sessions.
Malignaggi told ESPN that the sparring sessions were intense. He said that both guys “put in very very hard work” during the sparring sessions. Hall of Fame boxing referee, Joe Cortez confirmed that the two fighters went hard. He stated earlier in the week that many times the sparring “got out of control”.
Malignaggi left the McGregor came stating his frustrations with how McGregor’s team portrayed their sparring sessions. McGregor’s released a photo that showed McGregor standing over Malignaggi, who was falling to the canvas. Malignaggi stated that it wasn’t a knockdown, but McGregor had pushed him down.
Malignaggi took to Twitter and stated that he “beat his ass”. He also demanded that McGregor’s team release videos of the entire sparring sessions.
However, he has since changed his tone and stated that the boxing sessions were “back and forth”. He would compliment McGregor on his improvements saying, “he is getting better and better”.
Malignaggi is a commentator for Showtime and is scheduled to work the Mayweather vs McGregor match.
Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor is scheduled to face each other on August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight is a boxing match.