Retired boxer Paulie Malignaggi has quit as Conor McGregor’s sparring partner, leading up to his fight with Floyd Mayweather, after a disparaging photo leaked.
A photo surfaced on Thursday (Aug. 3) in which McGregor is seen looking down on Malignaggi, who is lying flat on his back… alluding to the UFC star knocking him down.
Paulie, however, says it painted a false picture of what their sessions were really like.
In an interview with ESPN, the boxer says the lead up to Mayweather-McGregor has become a circus… and also dared Conor to release video of their sparring sessions.
“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,” he added.
Photographer Dave Fogarty posted the photo you see below on Twitter, adding the caption: “There’s no conspiracy, there no photoshop just pure unadulterated power.”
There no conspiracy, there no photoshop just pure unadulterated power pic.twitter.com/sqQoc3zgrn
— Dave Fogarty (@DavidGbd) August 4, 2017
On Twitter, Malignaggi responded, saying: “Its not nice 2 paint a pic that isn’t true, this was a pushdown in sparring, post the whole video rounds 1 through 12 UNEDITED.”
“I actually beat his ass, 24 hrsoff a flight 2 lol, which is why Im saying post the vid, I try not 2 be petty but seems it’s late 4 that now,” he added in a separate tweet. “I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now your gonna get the truth though.”