Paulie Malignaggi Claims He Hurt Conor Mcgregor As Man, Predicts Irishman Will Quite At UFC 229
If you think Paulie Malignaggi’s days in headlines are over, that’s not true as his public feud with former champion Conor Mcgregor revived again.
The 37-year-old Malignaggi who retired from boxing back in 2017, was hired to help McGregor out in sparring before his highly anticipated bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. a deal that has since seen the two become bitter rivals. But a disastrous sparring session led to a war of words between the two before Malignaggi ultimately walked out of the training camp.
UFC president Dana White released the sparring footage which seemingly showed that former boxing champ Malignaggi got beaten by Mcgregor. Paulie took to social media and slamming Irishman and his team for leaking their sparring photos. Former boxer felt like he was set up a bit by Conor and the UFC. He also claims he got upper hand in the sparring and didn’t got knock out.
Things seem quite hot recently when Mcgregor took a jab at Paulie on social media, then sent former WBA welterweight champ into a frenzy, and the latter responded.
Paulie most recently speaks with Sirius XM Boxing, not surprisingly he trashed Mcgregor and discussed the feud with Irishman. (Via MMAFighting)
“His pride is hurt,” Malignaggi opined. “He still thinks about the beating he caught, every day, in the gym last year. He had four seconds of highlights and it’s burning him inside that he only has four or five seconds of highlights in 36 minutes. He thinks about me every single day. His personality, his behavior pattern is very consistent with this. A year later he is still Tweeting about me. A few months after we sparred he put his only highlights on the documentary of his that came out as well. He’s really, all by himself, coming up with these ideas to think about Paulie Malignaggi.
“I feel bad. I hurt his pride, I hurt him as a man. Sure, he gets his feelings up and his hopes up when all his p***y fans get his back on social media and believe his four seconds of highlights, that gets his hopes up. He needs a pick-me-up so he’ll post a Tweet every once in a while about me just to give himself a little pick-me-up just so his fans can tell him, ‘Yeah, Conor! You’re the man!’ But when he lays his head on the bed deep at night, he knows he’s one of combat sports’ biggest pussies and that’s the problem. He knows who he is inside. . .
“Somebody’s gotta remind him that he made $100 million. Someone’s got to remind him that he’s living the good life. He just had a baby. He had a lot of things that really should distract him to not think about Paulie Malignaggi. You make $100 million, you have a couple kids in the past year, you’ve got a documentary that came out, you just signed a big fight – I don’t know. I really feel bad for him.”
Despite being lost the boxing bout last year via tenth round stoppage against undefeated pugilist Floyd Mayweather, Mcgregor made tons of money and got praised by many for doing better than expected. Now he’s challenging undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov this October at UFC 229. Paulie said he’ll screw himself into this fight as he did in his boxing match against Mayweather.
“Here’s the thing about Conor, I’ve said that he has no balls and he has a problem with this fight,” said Malignaggi. “Khabib is not a guy that will put you out of your misery. Remember the Nate Diaz fight, when he shot in on Nate Diaz and got submitted? Nate Diaz is a guy you don’t want to wind up on the ground with because he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu and he’ll submit you right away. If you’re gonna fight Nate Diaz, you have to keep the fight standing up. In that fight against Nate Diaz though, he’s getting pummeled in round two and he’s probably gonna get pummeled for the rest of the fight, so what does he do? He needs a way out of it because he doesn’t want to get beat up for four straight rounds. So what does he do? He goes, ‘If I take this fight to the ground, Nate will submit me and then it won’t look like I quit.’ Because if you’re fighting Nate Diaz, common sense tells you that you don’t want to wind up on the ground. Conor is the one that took that fight to the ground. He shot in looking to take that fight to the ground. Why did he do that? Because he’s trying to quit. If Nate puts him in a submission, he can quit and then it looks like ‘Oh well, I had to tap out.’ But really the decision was made when he shot in that he was quitting already.
“Now, Khabib is not a guy that’s known as a submission guy. Now, I’m not a mixed martial arts expert, but Khabib is more of a ground and pound guy, which means you don’t have the option to be submitted really because Khabib will just keep you on the ground and punish you and beat you and beat you and beat you. Now, granted, Conor has some skills standing up a little bit and maybe Khabib will have a hard time getting it to the ground, but if the fight ends up on the ground, it’s only a beating for Conor. So how is a guy with no balls gonna take a good beating for five rounds when he looks to quit as soon as he gets uncomfortable? That’s the question of the day really.”
Paulie said Mcgregor hasn’t fought in two years with many believes that his showdown against undefeated Russian deemed to be the toughest matchup in terms of style for the former champion. Mcgregor didn’t get much success with elite wrestlers he fought in the past, as Khabib is a most dominant wrestler in MMA, once they throwdown inside the Octagon Paulie believes Mcgregor will look his way out of this fight as well.
“The fact is he’s gonna look for a way out of that fight too,” Malignaggi concluded. “Look at round five of the Diaz rematch, he’s literally running for his life. Who does that? With the fight hanging in the balance, who runs for the entire final round? He was given the decision in a close decision that could have went either way but who takes that chance though? These are all character flaws of a man with no balls. When you’re a fighter you can tell right away who has character and who doesn’t. The guy has none so he tries to play it up in other ways so he covers up the fact that he has no balls.”
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