Paulie Malignaggi Calls Conor McGregor A 'Scumbag' After Training Spat

On Saturday it will be a fortnight until Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather touch gloves and smack ten bells out of each other.

The MMA legend, nicknamed 'Notorious', will face 'Money' Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Much more has been publicised about McGregor's training as he looks to cross sports and use only one discipline in MMA - boxing.


He took on professional boxer Paul 'Paulie' Malignaggi to help him in train, but that ended after pictures showed McGregor seemingly flooring his sparring partner.

Malignaggi has now come out fighting and branded McGregor as a 'dirtbag' and a 'scumbag'.

In an interview with The MMA Hour, he said: "It's about ego, and I'm not an ass-kisser like the guys around him.

"It's all about status, he's a scumbag. It's all about who kisses his ass better."

The American boxer admitted that McGregor did get the better of him in the pair's first sparring session but failed to show for their second meet.

Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor

He added: I get to the gym the next day and he has all sorts of dignitaries there; [former UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertita, [UFC President] Dana White, and his agent.

"I couldn't even bring my trainer in and normally it was private you had to leave your phone in a box.

"I thought, 'this guy is banking on stopping me tonight'. I was angry but I knew I'd come prepared.

"He got better from the first time to second time but it's still new to him so the increment he's growing at are quite small. My reactions and timing started to come back so I got way better from the first one.

"He did well for five rounds but from six on he became more hit-able. I'm trash talking all the time, telling him he can't hang with me, he's not used to these body shots. He stopped talking because he wanted to save his energy.

"He pushed me down during one of the his worst round because he needed a break. I said 'there's no breaks here'."

Malignaggi explained that he struggled past 10 rounds himself but continued because he'd agreed to do it. If a third sparring session had happened, he wanted to see if McGregor would show a resilient character.

There was no next time though.

When Malignaggi did receive a text asking him to be at the gym in 90 minutes, he turned up, only to be immediately turned away and his services no longer required.

"I've met a few scumbags in my life but this guy is one of the biggest dirtbags I've ever met in my life, bar none," he added. "I don't care if we never speak again. My life will be fine if I never see Conor McGregor again.

"I wanted it to be a new experience, and to add to the book of memories in my mind. It's certainly in my book of memories but it wasn't the experience I wanted it to be."

Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor

Previously Malignaggi had spoken about McGregor's weakness. He claimed that the punching power by the Irishman was nothing special.

Malignaggi said that the punch did not categorise as 'oh my God power', which is rare to find, but means McGregor may not upset Mayweather too much.

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