By Mark Elezaj
The war of words between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi has once again taken center stage in their ongoing feud. Over the past couple of days both men have expressed their feelings towards one another in interviews and on social media sites and now the talk of a potential fight between them is starting to make waves in the fight community once again.
Both men have already faced each other in a boxing ring back in the summer of 2017. McGregor was training for his fight against Floyd Mayweather and Malignaggi agreed to be one of the sparring partners to help get McGregor ready for the fight. They stepped into the ring, they sparred and that’s when all hell broke loose.
Photos of the sparring session leaked, showing Malignaggi either being on the receiving end of one of McGregor’s shots or he was on the ground with McGregor standing over him. Malignaggi, unhappy with what transpired, left McGregor’s training camp and went on to tell his side of the story, saying that he schooled McGregor during their sparring sessions. UFC President Dana White then released selected video clips that seemed to show the opposite.
Fast forward to this past weekend.
Speaking to “Off The Brawl” (https://www.offtheball.com/other-sports/exclusive-paulie-malignaggi-challenges-conor-mcgregor-winner-takes-fight-322682) Malignaggi let off a verbal assault towards McGregor, calling him “the Pinata of combat sports” and challenged him to a ‘winner takes all’ fight.
“I think Conor knows his time is coming to an end, he has become the pinata of combat sports, just like I predicted he would once he reached this level. He just wasn’t going to be able to hack it.”
“So I think now that McGregor realizes it’s happening, he’s trying all he can to keep himself relevant as best he can, even going as far as calling out the Japanese featherweight Nasukawa.”
“There’s no other fight he can make that makes more money than he does fighting me , the problem is, he gets beaten by me.”
”[Eddie] Hearn can easily put the fight together, [Al] Haymon can easily put the fight together, Showtime have said they’d be interested in it – I don’t think it’s a no-brainer at this point. I don’t think it’d any secret at this point – there’s money in the fight.”
Malignaggi also stated that he would want to fight McGregor in a boxing match only.
“In boxing I’d be interested in it, I’d love to do a ‘winner takes all’ fight just so he can go for free, but I don’t think he’d ever agree to that.
“I would absolutely love it because I would beat him to a pulp. I would hospitalise him and I’d make him go home broke, too.”
~The Fighting Voice~