In an hour-long interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Malignaggi detailed their second session, a 12-rounder which featured the now infamous "knockdown" caught on camera - which Malignaggi claims was a pushdown. I never tried to make things hard for them, but I assumed things would be on a moderate living conditions.
"After seven (rounds), which was one of his worst rounds, he sits there and he tells me, "7-0 to me".
"He pushed me down on the floor to try and catch a break".
An unwritten rule in combat sports is what happens in the gym stays in the gym, and Malignaggi feels that rule was broken when the pictures were leaked, saying, "I wouldn't have gone around talking about beating him [McGregor] up, if I didn't have to". I remember, I continued to trash talk.
Thompson also wrote that McGregor can be "fragile", while McGregor's striking coach Owen Roddy said, "You got to be very cautious what you say around Conor". You needed that break?' because (referee Joe) Cortez had to step in and he had to wipe off my gloves. "And I heard him start to whimper. and said "take those, eat those, get used to those".
Conor McGregor is less than three weeks away from the biggest pay day of his life - his August 26 bout with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. But things between the two quickly got "out of control" and Paulie left after photos from their session were released showing Conor getting the better of him.
"My problems isn't just with the sparring".
"Instead, he looks at me and he gives me this smirk smile, laughing at me, and he starts walking away from me". "I don't really give a f*ck if there were similarities or not".
"We had 12 rounds of sparring last night", he explained on his podcast, Paulie Malignaggi: From Brooklyn To The World. He's got [former UFC chairman] Lorenzo Fertitta there, he's got [UFC president] Dana White there, he's got his agent there, he's got a couple of other people I don't know there. I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way this guy is that much of an asshole. "He's just looking for the money".
"Another thing checked off in my mind because usually sparring is so private I couldn't even bring in a trainer for my corner".