The fracas around what happened when Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor sparred in preparation for the Dubliner's $100million bout against Floyd Mayweather became one of the more interesting sagas in the warm-up to the fight.
The continuing argument surrounds a video from inside the McGregor camp back in 2017, where the Irishman seeming floored two-time middleweight champion Malignaggi during a sparring session.
The way Malignaggi was shown in the video didn’t go down well in the Italian-American's camp, and it led to the 37-year-old walking out on McGregor – the pair have been trading Twitter barbs ever since.
The 37-year-old’s latest grievance with the Dublin born lightweight UFC champion comes from comments made by UFC president Dana White, who told FS1 that McGregor was desperate for another crack at Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
“Conor wants that fight again really bad,” UFC president Dana White said.
“I told Conor what you did was amazing.
“I was sitting there with my partner Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I kept saying, ‘Oh my god, we found this kid in Ireland four years ago. He’s going into the sixth round with Floyd Mayweather. He’s going into the seventh round with Floyd Mayweather.’
“He did extremely well, but Conor was not happy with his performance and obviously Conor, truly he believed he was going to win that fight.”
In truth, McGregor did give a decent account of himself in the ring with the undefeated Mayweather – certainly better than may felt he would do.
However, McGregor and Dana White’s obsession with another bout with the 50-0 middleweight boxer has not gone down well with the boxing world.
Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard where vehemently against the bout in the first place, whilst others felt it was more of a circus than a real bout.
And, more importantly, would Mayweather want to come out of retirement again? Probably not.
The 37-year-old from New York tweeted the following to continue his anti-McGregor campaign.
“@TheNotoriousMMA Beg beg and beg again you narcissist fool.
“Keep begging, then when you don't get it stay clear of the cage or ring cause u only have beatings to look forward to. And none of them pay what a beating from Floyd pays.”
So, what do we make of Malignaggi’s tweet – more of the same really. Though, he might have a point about a return to the cage and UFC would be nowhere near as lucrative as another bout with ‘Money’ Mayweather.
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