The Malignaggi/McGregor ordeal has been going on since before the two even started working together, with the rumours of their affiliation sweeping throughout the combat sport world. As many people are aware of by now Conor isn’t expected to make much noise in his fight against Floyd Mayweather later this month, but the introduction of Paulie was considered to be a strong step forward by many.
Alas it wasn’t meant to be, with leaked pictures from their sessions suggesting that things didn’t go too smoothly between the two larger than life personalities. As you can see in the following tweets Malignaggi seems hell bent on letting the world know what he really thinks about McGregor, with the situation seeming more like a professional wrestling storyline than anything else.
Paulie claims that he ‘dominated’ Conor during sparring, with the former IBF light welterweight champion feeling the need to carry on this rivalry of sorts despite the McGregor camp not saying all too much about it.
Malignaggi, who holds a 36-8 professional boxing record, last fought back in March when he was knocked out by Sam Eggington. The 36-year-old has had many headline bouts over the years, with losses against the likes of Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan also on his resume.
On the other hand Conor is going into his first professional boxing contest, with only a handful of media outlets giving him a realistic chance of walking away with a win against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor is known for his quick wit so when he decides to respond to this situation we can expect an amusing statement, but it’s just as likely that he’ll decide to focus on the fight until the days and weeks following the event.
With the blockbuster fight set to break all kinds of records it’s no wonder that Malignaggi is using it as a way to stay relevant, but many fans believe that he should stick to what he’s good at which is being an analyst within the sport.
As we move into this new era of both boxing and mixed martial arts, one wonders whether or not more crossover fights will be arranged in the future.
Maybe a Conor vs Paulie exhibition showdown wouldn’t be too far outside the realms of possibility after all.