By Chisanga Malata, courtesy of The Daily Star
CONOR MCGREGOR hasn't reached an agreement to box Paulie Malignaggi in the spring.
Earlier this week, boxing pundit Steve Bunce claimed Malignaggi was confident he'd get to settle the score with his former sparring partner in April.
Speaking on the 5 Live Boxing Podcast, he said: “(Paulie) Malignaggi thinks it’s done and dusted for April.”
Bunce's comments sparked intense speculation that McGregor had yet again opted to enter the boxing world instead of defending his lightweight title, which he claimed in November 2016.
Malignaggi is unaware of any deal to see him lock horns with 'The Notorious' and is adamant he's not fighting anytime soon.
"Unless Steve has info that I am not privy to, I am not fighting in April," the former two-weight world champion told Starsport.
"Nor have I heard I'm fighting him at all but April is a long ways away. So who knows."
Malignaggi has been eager to get in the ring with the UFC's lightweight champion ever since a series of pictures and video from their sparring sessions were made public.
The New York native believes the snaps were released by Team McGregor to make him look bad.
'The Magic Man' has called for McGregor to release the full unedited video from their last sparring session but doesn't foresee Ireland's first UFC belt holder obliging.
"No, he's not going to release that," he told Starsport. "If he releases that footage, everything he says is a lie. There's no way he's going to release that footage.
"Here's the thing about Conor McGregor: He understands the psychology of the term perception is reality. He lives by that. He doesn't live by a true reality, he lives by a perception is reality type of thing. He makes things bigger (than they are).
"His accomplishments, when he accomplishes something, he makes it a bigger thing than what it is. When something doesn't go his way it, he'll make it as of little consequence as he can."