Conor McGregor has hit back at Paulie Malignaggi’s claims that a video of their warm-up fight was edited to hide the ‘complete a** whippin’ the American gave him.
The 29-year-old from Dublin has described Malignaggi’s words as ‘concussion talk’ and called him a ‘disgruntled guy who got his ego dinted’.
Earlier this week UFC chief Dana White shared 24 seconds of footage showing McGregor dominating former sparring partner Malignaggi, who was floored in the behind-closed-doors bout.
McGregor has called the 36-year-old American a ‘disgruntled guy who got his ego dinted’
The Irishman’s words came after video footage surfaced showing him dominating Malignaggi
The video surfaced a week after 36-year-old Malignaggi quit the McGregor camp over the release of photos which showed him on the canvas.
But Malignaggi immediately responded, maintaining that he was pushed over, rather than knocked down by a punch, and stating that he won 10 of 12 rounds.
Unsurprisingly, McGregor’s version of events is rather different.
And, with just two weeks to go until he meets Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, he has torn into Malignaggi via news.com.au.
‘He’s a guy that’s at the end of his career. I get the feeling he feels the boxing game has betrayed him now he’s retired — I don’t know what he was expecting coming in here after speaking what he was speaking,’ McGregor said of the former WBA welterweight world champion.
‘I didn’t disrespect him. I only released one picture. I didn’t release no f***ing connecting to the face shots. I didn’t release no footage of him getting slapped around because he got slapped around. He got badly, badly slapped around.
‘The ropes kept him up multiple times, he was badly concussed, the sparring partners who were in the house that night were worried about him, saying he was incoherent, he was stumbling. It didn’t go good for him.’
Malignaggi claimed the video was edited unfairly and that he had actually won 10 of 12 rounds
But McGregor, who fights Floyd Mayweather in two weeks, has branded that ‘concussion talk’
McGregor said Malignaggi deserves respect for a committed performance in the ring, but believes his recent rants are just a result of his ego being bruised.
‘Respect coming in and trying his best but he got his a** whooped and he got his ego dinted and off he went out the door,’ McGregor added.
‘In my mind it was concussion talk… You think a certain situation happened and it didn’t. I don’t know, he got his a** whooped the poor boy. He’s a disgruntled guy who got his ego dinted.’
Meanwhile, two of Mayweather’s sparring partners have had their say on McGregor’s war of words with Malignaggi.
Maurice Lee and Daquan Mays both spoke to MMAFighting about what they perceived to be McGregor having his priorities in the wrong order.
Mayweather’s sparring partners Maurice Lee (left) and Daquan Mays have had their say
Lee said: ‘It shows a lot. It shows McGregor is more focused on the show than the actual skill.
‘He should be focused on the boxing, not trying to post stuff like that this close to the fight. He should be more focused, I feel. Because Floyd is very focused.’
Mays added: ‘Floyd is real respectful, man. Treats you good, pays good. End of the day, gives you good recognition.
‘He’s not the kind of guy that punches on you and tells everybody else to talk about you and brags about it. You don’t win fights in the gym. You do — but fights aren’t held in the gym.
‘So there’s no point to brag about what you did in the gym. “I got a knockout in the gym, I got a stoppage in the gym.” That’s gym work. It’s not about what goes on in the camp, it’s about what goes on when the lights shine on you.’
Mays criticised McGregor, saying: ‘There’s no point to brag about what you did in the gym’