Following a litany of social media boasting, real life sparring, and red carpet arguing, a fight between Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor may happen. At least according to Malignaggi who in the interview above says that its “on the negotiating table.”
“I know Al Haymon’s talking with Dana White. I know they’re speaking so if they want the fight they’ll make it. You know, I don’t need to do all that because Al Haymon makes anything he wants happen, happen. You know? The only way this doesn’t happen — once I spoke to Team Haymon and they told me they were on board to make this fight I knew they only way it wouldn’t happen is if this guy doesn’t have absolutely any balls to make it.
“But this fight would pay him more, this fight would get him more exposure, this fight is a bigger fight than anything else he has. There’s no more Mayweather fight, this fight is the biggest fight there is. So once they told me that I said ‘alright, the only way this doesn’t happen is if this guy has no balls — which wouldn’t surprise me because he has no balls — but what I’m saying is, the way they’re going to present it to him, it’s going to be presented in a way where he really shouldn’t turn it down.
“Even if it’s not the next fight, even if it’s an MMA fight in his next fight, there’s no way he should be walking away from this fight unless he has no balls.”
Whether or not this is more bravado and goading by the former boxing champion to lure the UFC’s top draw into the ring is unknown, but Malignaggi loves to get at McGregor’s goat and try to get under the skin of the entire MMA community.