Paulie Malignaggi talks in detail about what had transpired during his second sparring session with Conor McGregor, and the controversial photos that surfaced online.
Since he left Conor McGregor’s camp late last week, Paulie Malignaggi has been incessant in his attacks. After exposing the Irishman’s supposed weakness when taking body punches and how he “mistreats” his sparring partners, Malignaggi also stated that he would be baring more details on what transpired during his brief time as a sparring partner.
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, “Magic Man” lived up to his promise on Twitter when he gave his own in-depth account of what went on during the second sparring session:
“I get to the gym the next day and he has all kinds of dignitaries there,” Malignaggi said (via MMA Fighting). “He’s got Lorenzo Fertitta there, he’s got Dana White there, he’s got his agent there (Audie Attar), he’s got a couple of other people I don’t know there.”
“Another thing checked off in my mind because usually sparring is so private I couldn’t even bring in a trainer for my corner. I’d just have his sparring partners work my corner. It was so private that you had to leave your phone in a box so nobody could sneak pictures or record. It was so tight, yet he had some dignitaries come in on this day.”
Malignaggi maintained his previous assessment that McGregor did show some improvement from the first time they sparred, particularly during the first five rounds. The second half of the fight, however, was a different story, and it was then when he saw what he claims was McGregor’s vulnerability when taking punches to the body.
“Even if he got better from the first sparring, I got way better from the first sparring. And on the third and fourth one, I would’ve got better and better. By the end of camp, this guy would’ve understood after two sparring (sessions), that his ass was going to get beat for the rest of camp.”
“From about six rounds on, he became very hittable. So much more hittable that I was putting more weight on my shots and sitting down more on my shots, and of course, the body shots started to affect him more and more,” Malignaggi said. “Of course, I’m talking the whole time, because the first time he made sure to talk the whole time. Now I’m talking more and more and I’m letting him know, ‘you can’t hang, these body shots feel good, right?’”
“[McGregor] stopped talking because he wanted to save as much energy as he could,” he continued. “He stopped throwing as many punches. He caught some nice ones for the first five rounds. The nice ones he caught were the whole time when I was talking.”
“After seven (rounds), which was one of his worst rounds, he sits there and he tells me, ‘7-0 to me’. I remember walking back to my corner and yelling back at him, I said, ‘whatever school you went to they didn’t teach you how to count!’
Malignaggi also talked about the infamous image of him laying on the ring, which was made to perceive that he was knocked down. According to the former two-weight world champion, it happened during McGregor’s “worst moments.”
“He pushed me down on the floor to try and catch a break and the instant I went down I got back up. I remember when I was down I continued to trash talk. I said, ‘Buddy, you need a break?’ because Cortez had to wipe off my gloves,” Malignaggi said. “I started to take it to him right after that. I told him, ‘you don’t get no breaks here’, and I started to hit him with more body shots. I said, ‘take those, they don’t feel good’ and I could hear him whimper off the body shots, too.”
After 12 hard rounds of sparring, Malignaggi admitted that he thought they had buried the hatchet. But when he requested for McGregor to no longer post photos that could likely put him in a bad light, he was in awe of the response that he received.
“I told Conor that it becomes very hard for me to not disclose the NDA that I have when you’re putting up pictures of me.”
“I had this conversation with Conor after the second sparring in the dressing room and this is probably when I realized what a d—khead this guy is because at that moment we had just done 12 hard rounds and there’s a respect that I’m feeling, at least.”
“He looks at me, and I’m expecting, ‘you’re right, Paulie – you got it, let’s just keep this good work going.’ Instead, he looks at me and he gives me this smirk, laughs at me and he starts walking away from me. He gives me his back, he’s walking away towards the showers and he’s like, ‘Ha ha, I don’t know Paulie. We got some good ones in those last two rounds. I don’t know about that.’
“At this stage I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to walk into the dressing rooms and tell me I got Punk’d. I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way this guy is that much of an a—hole.”
Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.