Conor McGregor’s preparations ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather on August 26 have been thrown into disarray after his sparring partner sensationally walked out on the camp.
Former boxer Paulie Malignaggi, who only retired this year, went on a Twitter rant slamming team McGregor for leaking photos from their sparring session Tuesday night at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. Malignaggi claimed the snaps, one of which shows him lying flat on his back as McGregor stands tall, painted a false picture of the sessions.
“There’s no conspiracy, there no photoshop just pure unadulterated power,” read the caption. Clearly, Malignaggi doesn’t agree.
“I wanted to be part of this event, but I didn’t want to become the story and that’s what this has turned into,” Malignaggi told ESPN. “I won’t release any information about his game plan or what he’s working on — I wouldn’t do that. But this has become a fiasco. It’s a circus. And I do want that sparring video released. The UFC’s PI definitely has that video. I understand it can’t come out now, but Conor, if you have any balls, release what really happened.”
The American then expanded further, tweeting:
Malignaggi then confirmed he had left the McGregor camp for good, explaining his reasons in a lengthy statement:
The news leaves the MMA Champion searching for a new sparring partner with little over three weeks until the fight. Furthermore, if Malignaggi did “beat his ass” as claimed, it would reinforce the opinion that McGregor is out his depth at this level. Malignaggi, while a respectable boxer, is still world’s apart from the level of the legendary Floyd Mayweather.
Skeptics, however, have claimed the news is merely machinations from McGregor as he plots his next move after the fight.
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