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Conor McGregor Teammate Says Paulie Malignaggi Left Due To Hurt Pride

August 10, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Paulie Malignaggi

In a blog post for The Irish News, Conor McGregor’s teammate Tiernan Bradley said that Paulie Malignaggi left McGregor’s training camp for his fight with Floyd Mayweather because his pride was “dented.” Here are highlights:

On the things Malignaggi has said: “Any time I’ve logged on to social media, it’s been ‘Paulie say this’ or ‘Paulie says that’ – we all know Paulie can talk, but even he must be exhausted after doing so many interviews. It’s almost a week since he left the training camp, and it was a shame to see him go. Although he was only really about for a week-and-a-half, Paulie was a good guy to have around the place. But, having been here the whole time, some of the things he has come out with in the last seven days have taken me by surprise.”

On Paulie’s attitude during the sparring session: “I did Paulie’s corner for the spar, their second after a feisty first encounter, and I can safely say it will be very interesting when the video comes out after the fight. When you’re in sparring, sometimes you think you’re doing better than you are, but watching back afterwards can reveal the true nature of the spar. I’ve experienced that myself, you start to notice little things you did wrong, or maybe punches landed that you don’t remember. Paulie came out smack talking from the start, he was saying ‘wipe that smirk off your face’ because Conor was smiling at him, that kind of thing. Conor stayed very professional; Paulie was saying stuff and then getting hit. Conor chose his moments to talk back. There are tactics to mental warfare too, knowing when to talk, and then there’s stupidity. It wasn’t a one-sided spar either way but I thought one was the clear winner overall and that was Conor. He was very calm, very professional and, honestly, he really impressed me on the day. That’s just my opinion, people can make up their own minds when they see the video. Paulie has done plenty of talking, but he could be talking himself into a hole when the footage comes out after the Mayweather fight.”

On the photo being posted online: “When you join a Conor McGregor camp, you know pictures are going to be released every day. Sometimes they might not be the most flattering. The first one they put up of me was a right uppercut landing on my jaw. As soon as the shot landed, I remember thinking ‘that’s going to be on Facebook or Instagram’. But I took it in my stride – at least I knew I could take a punch. Paulie’s at a different stage in his career than me. I’m only starting out, he’s a two-weight world champion who has featured in some huge fights. Obviously he saw that picture and his pride was dented. I can understand that, but at the same time he was on TV doing interviews the week before, talking about Conor’s power being overblown and all this stuff.”

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Paulie Malignaggi, Joseph Lee