Things got a little heated up between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi during the grand arrival press event on Tuesday.
The rift between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi seemed to have died down the past few days. But things escalated once again as McGregor was doing interviews before the grand arrival press event on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
As seen on the video, McGregor was heard saying “get over it”, likely referring to the controversial sparring videos that were released by UFC president Dana White on social media. Malignaggi then responded by repeatedly asking, “Did you bring your balls, Conor?”
Malignaggi was expectedly bombarded with questions by reporters afterwards. According to him, he was talking to McGregor’s manager Audie Attar about the videos, to which Attar responded by saying that Malignaggi “talked out of his contract.”
“All words came out after you put up pictures,” Maliganggi explained. “So when you posted pictures, you send the media to me, you force me to have to defend myself.”
As for his “bring your balls” remark, Malignaggi says it was about how he thinks McGregor deals with pressure.
“That’s why I reminded him, bring his balls, because in the gym, in that last sparring, he knows what I was telling him,” Maliganggi said. “Every round, I reminded him about how he had no balls. Because as the sh-t gets tougher, he shows he has no balls.”
“You saw what he did in the Nate Diaz fight. Who jumps in, and takes the fight to the ground against a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, when you know your only chance to win is a stand-up fight? Who takes the fight to the ground, knowing you’re gonna get taken out? You gotta stand up, but you might get punished for three more rounds, and you might not land that big shot.”
“The punishment is the risk you have to take to win,” he continued. “Or you take the easy way out like somebody with no balls would do.”
Malignaggi adds that he saw the same from McGregor during their sparring sessions in preparation for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.
“He has no balls, he showed it to me in the gym again in that 12-round session. He goes into these folding patterns, he’s gonna fold again on Saturday.”
“Make sure he brings his balls on Saturday. Make sure he doesn’t forget them in Ireland, or in the training camp house. You wanna pack your gloves, you gotta pack your shoes, you gotta pack your cup, you gotta pack your balls, too, because he tends to forget those.”
Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place on Saturday, August 26th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.