Malignaggi: I’ll Fight McGregor for Free
The deteriorated partnership between UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi is quite well known. This summer, Malignaggi was helping McGregor prepare for the UFC fighter’s boxing superfight with Floyd Mayweather. But things came crashing down when sparring photos were posted by McGregor’s camp for all to see, and one photo that got out on the web saw Malignaggi appearing to be knocked down by McGregor.
Malignaggi left the camp following this incident, and the two had a confrontation in the days leading up to the Mayweather-McGregor bout. His ill feelings toward McGregor are still at a high.
Now, Malignaggi says he’ll fight McGregor, and will even put some, if not all, of his purse on the line for the chance.
“I’m willing to risk fighting him for free just to punch him in the mouth again, again and again,” Malignaggi said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “That’s how confident I am he can’t beat me. I’d make it winner take all just for the pleasure of putting my fist in his teeth again.”
McGregor ended up losing the bout against Mayweather via 10th round TKO, but he earned praises from the boxing and MMA communities by lasting that long. Malignaggi said the praise of McGregor’s performance in that superfight is without question, but he still does not like McGregor as a person and guaranteed he could finish McGregor before the final bell in a bout.
“As an unbiased commentator, I’ll tell you this: People are shocked at the way Conor started the fight,” Malignaggi said. “He started the fight very well.
“Conor gets stopped by me. If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy.”
Malignaggi further stated that he feels McGregor would fight him the same way he fought Mayweather on Aug. 26 — he’d gas out in the middle rounds and soon be finished off. Malignaggi claimed something like this happened during a sparring session.
“After a few rounds, the problem is Conor has no backup plan,” Malginaggi said. “This might just be that he hasn’t boxed for a long time. That’s not so many layers to him. The layers has has are just the ones you see.
“I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.”
Original story: MMA Fighting