Malignaggi Says Boxing World is Laughing at Conor McGregor

paulie-malignaggi-conor-mcgregorConor McGregor has gained steam at sportsbooks recently, with many bettors picking him to beat the undefeated Floyd Mayweather. But one person who’s not impressed with McGregor’s chances is former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi.

The 2-time world champion boxer was invited to help McGregor train for his match with Mayweather. But Malignaggi left when he saw social media posts of their sparring sessions. According to the 36-year-old, the posts make it unfairly seem that McGregor was dominating the sparring action.

Now Malignaggi is pissed and bashing any chances that “The Notorious” has of winning this match. Let’s look at what Malignaggi said along with current odds on the fight.

Malignaggi Claims that McGregor is Becoming a Boxing Joke

Conor McGregor has done quite well for himself in the mixed martial arts world, winning the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight title belts. And boxing seems like a natural transition for him, given that MMA includes striking.

But Malignaggi thinks that McGregor’s boastful claims about his boxing abilities are turning him into a big joke.

“McGregor gets angry because boxing has not accepted him, but would an MMA fighter accept a boxer walking into their sport claiming that they are the best when he’s never done it in his life,” he told Sky Sports.

“That’s the situation with McGregor in boxing, he is being laughed at and it is only getting worse as each video of a public workout or him shadow boxing is released.”

The Agenda behind Skewing Sparring Footage

Malignaggi was part of The Notorious’ camp a few weeks ago. But this only lasted a short time as he grew tired of what he felt was a misleading social medial campaign.

“It’s been a wild ride the last couple of weeks and every time I think I’m no longer part of the storm, another photo or video comes out,” the retired boxer said.

“Part of me thinks that he has done this on purpose, maybe he wants to figure out a new opponent after the Mayweather fight if he wants to stay in this sport.”

mcgregor-sparringMalignaggi also discussed his bizarre living situation during the sparring sessions.

“He maybe even planned to make me disgruntled before we even got in the ring, I had situations where I would show up to the gym just to be told I wasn’t allowed to train and I was put in a house that didn’t even have cable TV,” he explained.

“Was it all done to create trash talk, he has been dragging this all along for some reason.”

Malignaggi Dishes on what Really Happened in Sparring

If McGregor’s camp wanted a fair stage, they certainly weren’t offering it up to Malignaggi. He began sparring almost right off the plane after landing in LA. And he wasn’t in the greatest shape either.

That said, people could forgive Malignaggi for getting knocked down, which UFC President Dana White shared in a tweet. However, the boxer claims that the punches thrown prior to the knockdown were edited in.

“They want you to believe this was a knockdown and people can choose to be deceived but then they can only be mad at themselves when they realize the truth,” he said.

Malignaggi went on to explain that the punches right before he goes down were taken from previous rounds in the sparring exchange.

“Nothing landed in that exchange. You can think something landed, but it is clearly not the case, a passing graze is not enough to get a knockdown.

“The added footage of punches landed were edited in from the previous round and I always told people that he had a good couple of rounds before.”

McGregor may be Insecure about the Fight

The Notorious can be proud of his boxing skills if the video footage above is real. After all, he may have knocked down an experienced boxer who’s held title belts.

But Malignaggi doesn’t believe that McGregor should be bragging about any successes he had during the sparring session.

“I was tired and out of shape, the fact that he’s not ashamed that a guy came in off the couch and done twelve rounds shows you where his confidence levels are really at,” Malignaggi said.

“I had done the bare minimum beforehand just to show up in a little bit of shape as I assumed the training camp would be like mine or other boxers where each sparring partner does four to six rounds, not twelve.”

Malignaggi again went back to the claims that the video footage was edited, saying that McGregor didn’t pull off the near-impossible.

“Edit this video how you want, you’re trying too hard to prove what. I’ve sparred with hundreds of champions and very rarely does a knockdown happen, especially with the bigger gloves and headgear.”

He added, “[McGregor] is living in this alternate reality where he can punch and hurt people and sometimes I ask myself is he really that stupid, is it an act, why try to prove something that didn’t happen.

“Between me and him, we know the truth. Joe Cortez instantly said no knockdown and look at the people ringside, they would surely react differently at something so rare in a gym. Is McGregor that insecure?”

McGregor Mayweather Odds Have Shifted Recently

When the McGregor vs. Mayweather betting line first came out, Mayweather was a huge favorite. However, media sessions and McGregor’s brash talk have gained him favor with fans.

Here’s a look at our current GTBets line on the match:

  • Conor McGregor +335
  • Floyd Mayweather -455
  • Fight at 10:30pm EST on August 26

This is a far cry from when we had Mayweather at -800 or better. The fans are skewing the line recently by laying money on McGregor.

And while “Money” is still a big favorite at -455, this perhaps doesn’t reflect his lopsided chances of winning.

One thing’s for sure, and it’s that Malignaggi doesn’t think McGregor can beat him. If this is the case, then we can be sure that he has almost no shot against a boxer who’s 49-0 in Mayweather.

Mayweather vs McGregor Odds: Mayweather Favored Heavily

After months of negotiations – including times when it felt like a fight would never happen – UFC champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather will meet in a boxing match.

The fight is set for August 26 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Both McGregor and Mayweather have confirmed the bout via social media.

UFC president Dana White, who has a contract with McGregor, says that the match will happen at 154 pounds, and last for 12 rounds. The Nevada Athletic Commission put their approval on the event, although the Mayweather camp is pushing for a venue change to MGM Grand.

Regardless, the fight is set for Aug. 26 and will be distributed via Showtime pay-per-view.

What can we expect when McGregor and Mayweather meet in the ring? Find out as we discuss the odds, fighters, and an interesting weigh-in from one of McGregor’s sparring partners.

Mayweather Favored by a Wide Margin

Floyd Mayweather is 49-0 in his professional boxing career, so it’s little surprise that he’s up big on our GTBets.eu line. Here’s a look at how we have the fight right now:

Conor McGregor +500
Floyd Mayweather -700

Mayweather retired last year after racking up 49 wins from 1996 to 2015. He’s easily boxing’s biggest pay-per-view draw, earning $100 million from a 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Given that he was unlikely to ever get a check this big again, and there were no serious rivals left, “Money” retired after a Sept. 2015 victory over Andre Berto.

Despite retiring, Mayweather will step back into the ring as the best fighter of his generation, and one of the greatest of all-time. If he beats McGregor, as expected, it would run his record to a perfect 50-0.

As for McGregor, he’s an elite MMA fighter who’s known for his knockout power. Case in point, he won the UFC featherweight title through a 13-second knockout against Jose Aldo on Dec. 12, 2015.

The Irishman then went on to split non-title welterweight fights against Nate Diaz before knocking out Eddie Alvarez in Nov. 12, 2016 to win the lightweight belt. This makes McGregor the first-ever fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time.

Despite McGregor’s MMA pedigree, he’s being given little chance due to the fact that this is his first professional boxing match.

McGregor-Mayweather Deal Finally Gets Done

mayweather-mcgregor-odds-boxingAs mentioned in the introduction, this fight has been going back and forth since last year. The two tweeted many times about a possible match, although some were skeptical that it would happen.

But White added fuel to the speculation when he appeared on Conan O’Brien and spoke about how he thought the fight would happen due to the massive amount of money involved.

“Is this thing possible? Yeah, I think it’s possible. Do I think it can happen? I do, because there’s so much involved. But it’s a long, long way away from happening,” said White.

White had been in prolonged discussions with Al Haymon, Mayweather’s adviser, since 2017 kicked off. Haymond had to go through White because of McGregor’s UFC contract.

By May 18, White announced that he and McGregor had come to a financial agreement. This meant that a financial split with Mayweather was the final hurdle. And with Money matching his biggest payday ever, both sides are satisfied.

McGregor’s Sparring Partner Releases Telling Video

While both sides were unsure about how likely this fight was to happen, McGregor began training as if it were a reality. And he sparred against former IBF International Welterweight title holder Chris van Heerden as part of his training.

McGregor’s camp released a video that showed the UFC champ holding his own against van Heerden. However, the South African boxer released his own version that reveals him to be dominating the unpaid sparring session (see below).

Van Heerden, who’s 25-2-1 as a professional fighter, explained that he released his own version to show respect for the sport of boxing.

“Because people are tweeting and talking and telling me that Mayweather has his hands full landing on Conor McGregor,” said Van Heerden. “I’m a professional fighter, boxer. And I’m standing up for the sport. I was just making it very clear that, don’t be ridiculous. If I could land, don’t tell me Floyd Mayweather is not gonna land.”

When asked if he thought that boxing was being disrespected, van Heerden said no. However, he wanted to make clear that McGregor won’t just walk into the ring and match up with the sport’s top fighter.

“This is just a platform to prove that in boxing,” he said, “a mixed martial artist taking on a boxer in the world of a boxer, you’re not gonna beat a boxer in boxing taking him on if you come from mixed martial arts.”

Van Heerden Gives McGregor a Puncher’s Chance

Knockouts can happen in any fight, and van Heerden gives McGregor some small chance thanks to his power.

“It would be ridiculous for me to say he has no opportunity, he has no chance,” Van Heerden explained. “Yes, he has a slight chance of pulling it off. He’s a fighter, he’s a mixed martial artist. He can land one big punch. It can happen. This is fighting, it’s two men in the ring. The opportunity is there. He doesn’t have a zero chance of beating or causing the biggest upset in the sport. Yes, he has. In my opinion and I’m gonna stick by it and I’m not afraid to say it, there’s no way he’s beating Mayweather.

“I have nothing but respect for McGregor. There’s no bad blood. I think [he’s] phenomenal. And being a southpaw, it’s gonna work in his favor. He’s got the power to do it. I wasn’t fazed by his power, I wasn’t hurt. But again, we didn’t have 10-ounce gloves on and he’s got some small chance of causing an upset.”

One key point here is that van Heerden and McGregor sparred last year, so the latter has improved somewhat. But on the other hand, he’ll be facing an even greater champion in Mayweather, which makes it questionable how well McGregor will fare.

We shall find out on August 26.