Controversy In Conor McGregor’s Training Camp As Sparring Partner Quits

Written by Tom Ngo
August 4th, 2017

Paulie Malignaggi is not happy with how Conor McGreogr’s team had portrayed their sparring sessions, so he quit after just two outings.

Malignaggi decided to bounce late Thursday night after McGregor’s photographer released a picture of him laying on his back while McGregor stood over him, giving off the impression that McGregor had knocked down the former two-time world champion boxer during a sparring session.

Not true, claims Malignaggi. The New Yorker states he hit the canvas because of a push, not a punch.

Malignaggi is challenging McGregor and the UFC to release unedited footage from Tuesday’s sparring session so fans can get a real understanding of what took place between the ropes, not just the picture that McGregor’s photog wants to paint.

Malignaggi believes McGregor’s team has been trying to set him up from the jump. After a cross-county flight from New York to Las Vegas on Monday, they rushed him into a 12-round sparring session the next day.

In addition, sparring sessions are supposed to be closed. Malignaggi states UFC president Dana White and former UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta were on hand to witness the action.

To top it off, only McGregor’s personal photographers are allowed in the gym so Malignaggi says the story fans see will always be one-sided. So that’s why he decided to bolt.

Malignaggi was expected to work with McGregor leading up to his August 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, but the UFC lightweight champ will have to find another primary sparring partner now.

Malignaggi just wanted to set the record straight after making his exit, however.

McGregor and Malignaggi will be crossing paths again soon enough. Malignaggi will work for Showtime as an analyst in covering the pay-per-view boxing match.

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