The sage between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
Speaking last evening on FOX 5NY Sports Extra, Malignaggi discussed his well-documented fall out with the Irishman and the circumstances surrounding him leaving the UFC lightweight champion’s training camp for Floyd Mayweather.
One of the first issues addressed was the photos released by McGregor’s photographer, Dave Fogarty.
“I wasn’t happy about it because he and I know that wasn’t from a punch,” Malignaggi said, referring to the photo released showing him on the canvas. “He was just frustrated from getting beaten up that day and that was actually a shove down. I think even the referee wasn’t allowed to talk about it. Look at the end of the day, sparring should stay in the gym. I wouldn’t have gone around talking about how I beat up Conor McGregor if I wasn’t forced to.”
Malignaggi then discussed the Irishman’s chances against Mayweather on August 26. He didn’t seem to rate McGregor’s chances too highly because of the attitude he perceived.
“Look he can definitely fight,” Malignaggi said. “He’s a mixed martial arts champion, he can definitely fight. As far as boxing is concerned, I’m not going to tell you he can’t box, I’m not going to say that. He understands what he wants to do and how he wants to do it, but he’s got to progress.
“There are things that he’s got to come along with and it’s not easy to come along that fast all this way through. My problem with Conor is his arrogance. His arrogance is to the point that he can’t make progress and he can’t learn because he just wants a bunch of ‘Yes men’ surrounding him. He doesn’t want to be told he’s doing something wrong, he doesn’t want to be told he needs to make progress or change certain things. He just wants to be told how great he’s doing.”
While slamming McGregor for surrounding himself with ‘Yes men,’ Malignaggi said he was bemused by the way the Irishman treat his inner circle.
“He’s a bit on the cheap side,” Malignaggi said. “You have 100-million dollars for the fight, I think you could splurge a little bit more on the training camp, especially your training partners and the living quarters. I asked for no special treatment and I wanted to be like the [other] sparring partners and I wanted to be there in good faith, over there with the sparring partners. I didn’t negotiate a price, I took the first price, whatever they gave me and I accepted that as far as pay is concerned; I didn’t get paid by the way because I left.”
Malignaggi then doubled down on his accusations of McGregor treating his camp badly and said he’d never seen anything like it before.
“I never tried to make things difficult for them, but I assumed that things would be on moderate living conditions and they were, like I was saying, a little bit on the cheap side and I haven’t, let me put it like this, I haven’t been in a 100-million dollar fight, but I’ve been part of multiple fights where there have been million dollar purses in there and once you’re part of seven, eight figure dollar purses, or nine figure dollar purses, in this case, you understand how to treat the training camp properly without being too cheap, but without overspending.
“There are people involved, there’s a team involved and you have to look after them too.
“I’ve never seen such a cheap guy in my life”
I was blown away by treatment this guy gave everybody. He rents himself a Lamborghini in Las Vegas which must have been like. So what is it about? Do you not respect anybody else? Is it about status with you?I don’t understand what it was.”