Malignaggi: McGregor Will Never Release Footage - It Exposes Him

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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sportbuddha on 11-25-2017

In general this talk about sparring is a new thing, I don't recall anyone ever talking about sparring 10 years ago, except a rumour that Tyson before his Douglas loss took a KO in training, other than that sparring is…

Comment by hrt3333 on 11-25-2017

No one doubts that he gassed and you did better in later rounds and I don’t doubt he put you on your ass

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 11-25-2017

[QUOTE=Evil_Meat;18241137]Lol it's funny how you're a perception is reality type of person like Paulie was describing. You, like Conor, think that a few decent moments in sparring actually means something. You can make it big and say that's a novice…

Comment by Evil_Meat on 11-25-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18239940]I don't care if Malignaggi dominated every other second of every minute of the rest of the sparring - any professional boxer who has footage as bad as the footage that was released against Malignaggi by another fighter who has…

Comment by SthPaw on 11-25-2017

I actually don’t think Paulie is chasing dollars by keep bringing this up, I honestly think he means it genuinely. Obviously it’s given him a rush of attention that he is capitalising on, but at the basis of what he…

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