Paulie Malignaggi has been itching to fight Conor McGregor for close to two years. As of yet, however, all he’s gotten is an ongoing Twitter beef, and the potential for a bare knuckle fight with McGregor’s training partner Artem Lobov.
After a recent skirmish with Artem Lobov at a media day in New York City, Paulie Malignaggi says he’s no longer worried about Conor McGregor whatsoever, because he believes the Irishman is scared. He delved into the Irishman’s fears on a recent episode of MMA Junkie Radio.
“I moreso laugh at Conor,” Malignaggi said (via MMA Junkie). “I’m not really worried about Conor, because Conor is not going to do anything to me. He’s not going to challenge me.
“There’s fear in his eyes. He’s scared of losing, of being emasculated the way he’s been lately.”
Earlier this week, Conor McGregor shared a slew of photos from his infamous sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi, evidently keen to prove that he got the better of the retired boxer in the ring. Malignaggi, however, claims he wasn’t phased by this social media assault.
“I’m sure he’s very disgruntled that he has to look through 20 still pictures, and more than half of them, he’s not landing a clean shot on me, and that’s all he has,” Malignaggi said. “When he looks through that video, he has to live with the agony of knowing there’s more highlights of me on that video than there is of him, and he has to sift through all my highlights to get to the couple of things he’s done in that sparring.”
What do you make of the ongoing beef between Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor? Do you think we’ll ever see these two settle their differences in the ring?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/5/2019.