Former two-weight boxing champion Paul Malignaggi was brought in to help current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor prepare for his upcoming super fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Unfortunately the relationship between “Mystic Mac” and the “Magic Man” turned sour rather quickly, this after photos from the pairs sparring sessions were made public by a member of the Irish stars team.
One of the photos, which showed Malignaggi laid out on the canvas with Conor McGregor standing over him, particularly enraged Paul who immediately took to social media where he blasted “Team McGregor” for their lack of ethics.
In addition to that, Malignaggi revealed that no actual knockdowns occurred during his sparring sessions with McGregor and he then dared Conor to release the unedited tapes.
Malignaggi would officially leave Team McGregor late Thursday evening while issuing the following statement.
“I just wanted to clear the air. I am leaving the McGregor training camp today. I came with the best intentions and intended to help out. Just the chance to be a part of such a big event in this capacity excited me. I believe Conor and I have a mutual respect inside the ring, earned from each other with some good work over two sparring sessions. It’s some of the stuff outside of the ring and some ways some things were handled in training camp that I didn’t agree with that made me come to this decision. It’s not my place to dictate terms in a training camp that is not mine, but it’s my place to decide if I want to be a part of it. I will not give away anything tactical that I saw in two sparring sessions with Conor. For what it’s worth, they have my word. The things that upset me though I will speak about in time. I wish Team McGregor well in the rest of their preparations and look forward to being back in Vegas to work fight week on Showtime.”
Earlier today, Malignaggi was back on social media where he revealed that he didn’t get paid for his sparring sessions with “Mystic Mac”.
I didn't get paid, I'm not worried about it though. I paid him with the ass beating he recieved from me on Tuesday lol https://t.co/HnsfUGKMKk
— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 5, 2017
“I didn’t get paid, I’m not worried about it though. I paid him with the ass beating he received from me on Tuesday lol”
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