At his final pre-fight workout, Floyd Mayweather was visited by Paulie Malignaggi, one of the commentators covering the event, and Conor McGregor’s one time sparring partner. Despite being one of the four men calling tomorrow night’s fight, Malignaggi does not seem concerned with being objective and is in a very public feud with the UFC Lightweight champion over Malignaggi’s treatment while sparring with McGregor.
While at yesterday’s workouts, Fighthype caught Malignaggi and Mayweather on camera. The two were calling McGregor a “sucker” and hinting that Malignaggi’s work with McGregor was all an elaborate ruse between the two of them to spy on the Irish born fighter.
“My friend Paulie has always been my friend. You know what, I even told my friend – my friend called me and said, ‘Floyd, do you want me to go to camp?’ I said, ‘Abso-f**king-lutely’.”
“Suckers,” intoned Malignaggi. “Suckers.”
While the two were laughing with Mayweather’s “Money Team”, The undefeated boxer signed a copy of a photo book made by Esther Lin from the MayMac World Tour, crossing out McGregor’s face and writing the number 50 on it. He then continued to mock McGregor while the two shared a conspiratorial laugh and Malignaggi continued to repeat, “suckers.”
“Paulie, you mind if I sign this?” said Mayweather.
“Go right ahead, Floyd,”Malignaggi replied. “Go right ahead, champ.”
“This right here, this is special,” Mayweather said. “It’s going to my friend. Listen, this is gonna stay in Paulie’s family forever.
“Oh don’t worry. Me and Paulie are gonna stay at the house and talk about strategy, we’re gonna talk about everything. Don’t you worry. Paulie, thank you for going over there like I asked you to do. And he made it look good when he grabbed you and threw you down. That was a good one. That was a good one.”
“Good work! We got him.”
With this new wrinkle, and Malignaggi’s continued campaign against McGregor, including during Wednesday’s “Grand Arrival.” One must think that this could pose an issue for the broadcast on Saturday night, Showtime Executive Stephen Espinoza previously stated that Malignaggi would remain on the broadcast but noted that Showtime would remove Malignaggi if his objectivity were in question or “even if objectivity is not in question, [his] behavior becomes an issue.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting