Paulie Malignaggi Thinks Conor McGregor Will Lose If Khabib Nurmagomedov Takes Him Down
Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather Jr in a pro boxing debut. The fight was held inside T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, on August 26, 2017. Despite 10th round TKO loss, The Notorious showed some solid punching skills. It mostly came thanks to various boxing coaches and fighters that helped him. Paulie Malignaggi, the former WBA and IBF Boxing Welterweight champion, was one of his sparring partners.
The Notorious sent Malignaggi to the ground during their sparring session. Despite Magic Man didn’t confess that, UFC president Dana White released the video which shows that Conor really knocked him down.
A few days ago, Conor McGregor flared up the old social media war by posting a picture of Paulie Malignaggi lying on the mat on Twitter. He was “celebrating” one year anniversary of a “successful sparring footage”.
Time flies when you are on your ass. https://t.co/YDhLHi2p0o
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 11, 2018
Paulie Malignaggi spoke on SiriusXM Boxing this week. When asked about Conor’s tweet, he described the other side of it. Magic Man believes The Notorious’ pride is hurt. He also added Conor can’t stop thinking about the beating he caught. (via MMAFighting.com)
“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.”
Paulie Malignaggi was also asked about Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor fight. He cited Conor has problems with big matches. He doesn’t believe McGregor is going to win the match. According to Paulie Malignaggi, a guy with no balls can’t survive a good beating for five rounds. Malignaggi also describes the big mistake The Mystic Mac made during the fight with Nate Diaz.
“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.”
Conor McGregor didn’t fight since his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Conor McGregor is expected to break the record for the highest number of PPV (pay-per-view) buys. Khabib’s father recently stated that no wrestling coach in the world could prepare Conor to defeat his son.
Paulie Malignaggi believes Conor McGregor has no balls and character for Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. He also said Conor might look for a way out of the fight too.
“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 gone 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.”
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight at the main event of UFC 229 at T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 6th. Do you agree with Paulie Malignaggi?