Paul Malignaggi Quits As McGregor’s Sparring Partner, Urges Him To Release Sparring Footage (TWEETS)

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Looks like Conor McGregor is going to have to find himself another former boxing champion to spar with, because former world champion Paul Malignaggi has told the UFC champ he wants out.

The whole thing happened after a couple of photos from McGregor and Malignaggi’s most recent sparring session emerged online, showing Conor in a much more favorable light than Paulie.

The first, which was taken by one of McGregor’s personal photographers, shows the Irishman landing a hard left on Malignaggi:

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The second, posted on McGregor’s fanpage, showed Malignaggi on the canvas with the caption “Ghostie”: 

These photos irked Paulie, who said he ‘beat McGregor’s ass’ during their sessions and claims the image of him on the canvas was taken following a “pushdown.”

Things had been going well between Malignaggi and McGregor, but that changed when the retired boxer began to feel like Conor’s team was using him to paint their fighter in a more advantageous position.


“I wanted to be part of this event, but I didn’t want to become the story, and that’s what this has turned into,” Malignaggi told ESPN by phone Thursday night. “I won’t release any information about his game plan or what he’s working on; I wouldn’t do that. But this has become a fiasco. It’s a circus.

“And I do want that sparring video released. The UFC’s PI definitely has that video. I understand it can’t come out now, but Conor, if you have any balls, release what really happened.”

Malignaggi also posted the following comments on Twitter:

Malignaggi says he and McGregor still share a mutual respect inside the ring, and his decision to no longer spar with Conor is based solely on their disagreement outside the ring.

Whatever the case may be, it sounds like Malignaggi is officially out, but the McGregor-Mayweather circus lives on.

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