Paulie Malignaggi responds to claims he shouldn't be allowed to commentate on Mayweather-McGregor

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The highly anticipated and somewhat unprecedented fight between boxing supremo Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor is only hours away and fans and pundits alike are counting down to what will be one of the most fascinating encounters in sporting history.

It is fair to say that the build up to the fight has been fairly controversial and both fighters have played their part in the enthralling approach to the showdown.

There have been calls for Paulie Malignaggi, who will be part of the Showtime commentary team, to be pulled from the live broadcast after footage of the fighter with Floyd McGregor surfaced online.

The video depicts Paulie Malignaggi at Mayweather's camp with the 49-0 man thanking him for "going to McGregor's camp like he was asked to".

It also shows Mayweather, who has his arm around the shoulders of his fellow American, telling the camera that the two of them will be "discussing strategy" after his sparring sessions with McGregor. 

The reaction to the video was fierce on social media and many felt Malignaggi was too closely connected to the two fighters to provide a balanced and unbiased analysis for ShowtimeOuch.

And Malignaggi has now responded to those critics and claims he is actually the best person to provide insight on the clash.

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"I think I have the best perspective out of anybody as I was in camp with McGregor and have called Mayweather's last six fights so I think I have the best perspective out of anybody else out there that can call the fight," Malignaggi told Fight Hype - skip to 4:00 in the video below to see his reaction in full.

"You can't buy that perspective. At the end of the day, people can talk about bias all they want. You're only going to hurt your own broadcast without me on it."

Defiant indeed.

But Malignaggi knows the world will be eagerly listening to what he has to say on Saturday and any signs of potential bias will almost certainly be slammed on social media. 

This fight cannot come soon enough.

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