Earlier this year, former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi announced his retirement after getting knocked out by British welterweight contender Sam Eggington.
Malignaggi thought his days as a fighter were done - until he was hired to serve as a chief sparring partner for UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
McGregor is preparing his professional boxing debut, when he takes on former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The relationship between the two fighters fell apart last week, after McGregor's team members released photos which gave the appearance that Malignaggi was knocked down and took a beating during the most recent sparring session. Malignaggi quit due to the fallout.
Malignaggi claims that he battered McGregor - until the Irish MMA star became frustrated and pushed him down.
While Malignaggi has been angered by the fallout, he won't reveal McGregor's fight strategy.
Mayweather, 40 years old, is returning to the sport for the first time since announcing his retirement in September 2015 after winning a twelve round decision over Andre Berto.
Now Malignaggi is willing to make his own return to the sport - by setting the record straight with McGregor in a sanctioned fight.
“Would I fight him? I don’t mind putting some leather on him. I enjoyed Tuesday night. I enjoyed throwing the beating that I gave him Tuesday night, and I would love to continue to do that,” Malignaggi said to TMZ Sports.
“I could see that even in the half shape that I was in, I was starting to get the better of him by Tuesday. And the training camp would’ve only gotten worse, so he knew better than to keep me around. I would beat his ass like he stole something. And more importantly than me knowing it, he knows it. That’s the best part.”
Malignaggi, who works for Showtime Sports as an expert analyst on their boxing events, will be ringside for the event.