Conor McGregor has claimed that a dented ego and a severe concussion is what led Paulie Malignaggi to speak out so vociferously against him over the last week or so.
Malignaggi was brought in by McGregor to act as a sparring partner but he only partook in two sessions with the Irishman before leaving the camp under acrimonious circumstances. Since his departure, Malignaggi has consistently lambasted McGregor in the media and on Twitter, branding him a “scumbag” on several occasions. The now retired Italian-American boxer claims that he was exploited by the UFC lightweight champion and that McGregor’s team tried to misrepresent the pair’s sparring sessions by releasing photos that made it appear as though their man had the upper hand.
Speaking to the media after his public workout on Friday, McGregor denied authorizing the release of the most controversial picture – one which showed Malignaggi on the canvas and McGregor standing over him – but he suggested that the snaps quite accurately told the story of the second sparring session.
“I don’t know how it got leaked,” McGregor claimed.“When I found out, I pulled it back. Obviously, the internet is the internet. It blew up and then he had such an ego about it and so much pride and he went running.”
There no conspiracy, there no photoshop just pure unadulterated power pic.twitter.com/sqQoc3zgrn
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“It shows his character in my opinion,” said McGregor of Malignaggi’s cutting rants. “He was looking for an exit. The spars were not good for him. He took a lot of head trauma. Straight after it, we were worried. The sparring partners were actually telling us when he was dropped back to the home that he was stumbling out of the car after the 12-rounder. He was knocked down, he was flattened against the ropes, multiple times the ropes kept him on his feet.
“We were worried about him. We thought the worst was happening. He was certainly badly concussed. And then he just got out of there and started running.”
“He showed up, he tried his best, it didn’t go his way, he got his ass whooped, he got his pride dented and then he wanted a way out. What better way for a guy like him to exit under a load of questions?”
“When I was hearing all the stuff he was saying, I was like, ‘It’s concussion-talk.’ The man is badly, badly concussed. Look at his face, he was busted up bad.”
Last night, UFC president Dana White released two snippets of footage from McGregor’s second sparring session with Malignaggi. The first shows McGregor landing a powerful and percussive left hand on Malignaggi, while the second shows the debated knockdown/push-down. In the latter clip, Malignaggi is tagged by several shots before he hits the deck, although McGregor does seem to push down on the back of his neck as well.
“He was flattened,” McGregor told the media. “He got his ass whooped. But I like the guy. He’s alright, though. He’s kind of a like a lovable mouthpiece. He’s alright, but it did not go well for him.”
McGregor claimed on Friday that he plans to continue campaigning in both MMA and boxing after his showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26th. If McGregor does decide to continue in boxing, a bout between he and Malignaggi is now a real option and it one that has box office potential.
You can watch ‘The Notorious’ one’s entire media scrum from Friday below…
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