Paulie Malignaggi Wasn’t Too Happy About The Pictures Of Conor McGregor Beating His Ass Last Night
Yesterday evening I blogged the above picture because Conor McGregor’s personal photographer put it up, and it was kinda cool! Like, McGregor was putting work on Paulie Malignaggi’s face! That means he’s landing some shots, and that makes me 0.01% more confident in him on August 26th. Well later that night the rest of the photos were posted, some pulled within five minutes, because they really painted a picture of McGregor FUCKING Malignaggi up.
The former two time world champion boxer didn’t take too kindly to that and rattled off the following tweets:
The picture of Malignaggi on the ground was apparently a pushdown, not knockdown (despite the long distance between them), so he does the classic sparring partner turned enemy thing and demands the full video be released. Not just nuthugging McGregor here, but Paulie saying this means absolutely nothing. He’s very aware the full video would never be released before the fight against Mayweather, even if it was Conor knocking Malignaggi out in 12 seconds. It just wouldn’t happen. He then went into the second phase of his twitter rant, claiming he wasn’t banged up and he actually won easily. A boxer’s equivalent of saying “I’M NOT MAD I’M ACTUALLY LAUGHING” when you’re rattled.
The open guard thing is very true, I’ll give him that, but he still looked kinda purple. We then got this long statement from him explaining why he’s leaving the McGregor training camp, and admitted there may have been an agenda to embarrass him from the beginning.
There’s a small section of the internet that believes Floyd Mayweather played a role in this and got the photos released, and while it’s 100% a possibility in the weird, corrupt boxing world, I doubt it. Another section believes Paulie was in on this with McGregor/Showtime to hype the fight and really make people start asking questions about it, and while that’s possible as well, I don’t believe it. I think there’s some truth from everybody. I’m buying that Conor wanted to embarrass him and that’s why he was brought in. I’m buying that this was a close fight in sparring. I’m not buying that Malignaggi beat the shit out of Conor and played with him, because his face suggests otherwise.
Now we can start to wonder if Paulie will reveal anything to Team Mayweather about Conor’s approach that they didn’t know already, and wondering if it’ll even matter.