Even though Conor McGregor’s boxing career didn’t start so well, his new found rival Paulie Malignaggi still wants a piece…
The combat sports world was thrown into turmoil earlier this month. Crossing over from MMA, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor faced boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Arguably one of the biggest underdogs in boxing history, McGregor eventually lost by TKO.
Leading up to the fight, though, all the stories were in connection to another boxer. Two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi was brought in to spar McGregor, and that alone churned out tons of headlines.
Having called out McGregor in the past, ‘Magic Man’ already had a light-hearted beef with the Irishman. When it came time to lace up the gloves, things reportedly got extremely heated. Then came the ‘leaked’ photos and video.
Footage appeared to show Paulie getting bashed and knocked down by McGregor, something the boxer was very unhappy about.
Paulie Still Talking Smack
Even though McGregor is likely going back to the trilogy fight with Diaz in the UFC, Malignaggi won’t let it die. Speaking with MMAFighting.com this week, Paulie said he’ll ‘punch McGregor’s teeth in’ for free.
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“I’m willing to risk fighting him for free just to punch him in the mouth again, again and again. That’s how confident I am he can’t beat me. I’d make it winner take all just for the pleasure of putting my fist in his teeth again.”
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“Conor gets stopped by me,” Malignaggi said. “If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy.”
“After a few rounds, the problem is Conor has no backup plan,” Malginaggi said. “This might just be that he hasn’t boxed for a long time. That’s not so many layers to him. The layers has has are just the ones you see.
“I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.”
“He made his point and in doing so, he made my point,” Malignaggi said. “This guy has no balls. At the end of the day, once you push him to the limit, he will look for a way out of a fight. He didn’t throw a punch [in the final sequence]. As much as he wants to say the referee should have let him go out on his back and all that stuff, he didn’t throw a punch for over a minute in that last sequence, while being assaulted. You leave the referee no choice.”
“I think he knows what happens if he fights me for real. He knows that’s me at 35, 40 percent and the trouble he had at 35, 40 percent of me. If I don’t stop him in a 12-round fight, I would be disappointed at myself. That’s not a guy that should go the distance with any world-class boxer. That guy should get stopped by any world-class boxer.”