Malignaggi leaves sparring camp due to photo leaks, says he ‘beat McGregor’s ***’
Paulie Malignaggi will no longer be working with Conor McGregor following a disagreement in the way the former two-weight world champion was being portrayed.
Photo leaks over the last few days, showing Malignaggi apparently being put down and dominated by McGregor were the last straw for the Showtime analyst.
Malignaggi says he was pushed down before a Team McGregor took a picture and posted it to social media, whilst other images leaked have not been favorable to ‘The Magic Man’.
In a statement released late on Thursday, Malignaggi opened up on trading with the UFC star as McGregor prepares to face Floyd Mayweather on August 26.
“I just wanted to clear the air. I am leaving the McGregor training camp today,” said Malignaggi.
“I came with best intentions and intended to help out. Just the chance to be 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 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 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.”
Social media posts point to shots of McGregor getting the upper hand and seemingly dropping Malignaggi as legendary referee Joe Cortez watched on.
Since then, it has been confirmed Malignaggi was pushed to the floor before a member of Team McGregor released a still of the incident.
“I actually beat his ass, 24 hrs off a flight too, which is why Im saying post the vid. I try not to be petty but seems it’s late for that now,” he said.