There has been much debate about the infamous sparring session between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi, mostly surrounding what actually happened when the two stars were in the ring together.
McGregor claims to have dominated the former boxer. Malignaggi, on the other hand, has assured McGregor’s claims are bogus.
Speaking at the BKFC 6 pre-fight press conference in New York on Monday, Paulie Malignaggi once again discussed this topic. This time around, he admitted that their sparring session was actually quite entertaining and competitive — but only because he was so out of shape.
“If you see it unedited, I actually thought it was pretty entertaining,” Malignaggi said (via MMA News). “And the only reason it’s entertaining is because I’m talking shit, he’s talking shit, and it’s mildly competitive because I don’t have enough air, oxygen, to assault him.”
Paulie Malignaggi then added that he was so short on air that Conor McGregor probably could have finished him if he went for it.
“I’ll tell you one thing about Conor, he could have probably stopped me in 12 rounds because I don’t have the air supply to go 12 rounds under those circumstances, but he’s got no balls at all,” Malignaggi added. “So every time I was able to land a shot or two, he gave me my points. He gave me a chance to re-oxygen. All I had to do was pot shot him and rip him with random shots here and there, and it would domesticate him enough to pace myself throughout the 12 rounds. “
What do you think of these comments from Paulie Malignaggi?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/23/2019.