By Chisanga Malata, courtesy of The Daily Star
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI is refusing to close the door on a potential fight with Conor McGregor.
Malignaggi, 36, has been engaged in a war of words with McGregor ever since leaving the Irishman’s training camp for his upcoming boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, which takes place on August 26.
Malignaggi cut ties ‘The Notorious’ after a series of pictures from their training sessions started doing the rounds on social media.
The former WBA welterweight champion Malignaggi was angered by snaps seemingly showing the UFC lightweight champion, who has never boxed professionally, getting the better of him.
The final straw for Malignaggi was a picture of McGregor standing menacingly over him, which many believed was the aftermath of a knockdown.
The New York native has had some choice word for the Ireland’s first UFC belt holder since his acrimonious departure, labelling him ‘one of the biggest dirtbags’ he’s ever met.
McGregor responded to the American’s verbal jabs in an Instagram post, which read: “You can run, but you can’t hide.”
The back-and-forth between the pair has unquestionably paved the way for a future fight to settle the score once and for all.
And Malignaggi, who hung up his gloves in March, isn’t ruling out the possibility of stepping inside the ring with Ireland’s first UFC belt holder.
“Was never the intention. I'm retired, let's get excited about #MayweatherMcGregor for now though as it's around the corner,” he tweeted when in response to a tweet saying McGregor should stay in boxing and fight ‘The Magic Man'.
“I will say the feud is genuine but then again when u [sic] get to know the guy it's pretty easy not to like him lol,” he added.
“Lets worry #MayweatherMcGregor now. Honest though I don't see him in a hurry to return to MMA to fight Khabib who I think is his mandatory.
“August 26th should be interesting lol, let's all enjoy that for now.
“Lets see how August 26th plays out, that one is around the corner. The result and how it comes about plays a big factor in future endeavors.”