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.

Conor McGregor Predicts Second Round KO of Mayweather – Should You Bet on Him?

mcgregor-mayweather-oddsFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have had an outstanding press tour that’s sure to bring them untold riches come August 26. But does all of this hype mean that the heavy underdog McGregor has a chance to win?

If we’re to ask McGregor himself, he not only think he has a chance to win. He honestly believes that he’ll knock out Mayweather when the two face off at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

“I fight in four-ounce gloves, why would I give a [expletive]?” McGregor said regarding the much-discussed gloves size.

“If we’re wearing eight-ounce gloves, I’m struggling to see how he lasts two rounds, and that’s the God’s honest truth. The only reason I maybe give him two rounds is because in this game, the referee stops me from pounding his head into the canvas, and he has 10 seconds to recover. That’s the only reason he might make it to a second round.”

The Irishman isn’t afraid to show his confidence, even when facing Mayweather, who’s 49-0 in professional boxing.

“He [Mayweather] keeps talking about, ‘Under the lights!’ ” McGregor said. “He keeps saying, ‘He looks good in the gym.’ I look good everywhere. I look good in the gym and I look good under the lights. In fact, I look better under the lights.”

McGregor added, “I am comfortable in this. This is my life. I’ve been under the spotlight for a long, long time, and in these mega-events also.”

Does McGregor Really Have a Chance?

conor-mcgregor-second-round-mayweatherObviously Mayweather and McGregor’s back-and-forth is designed to sell pay-per-view packages for Showtime. And it’s certainly working because this fight is expected to break pay-per-view records.

But many wonder if there’s any substance behind the hype. After all, McGregor, a mixed martial artist, has never fought in an amateur or pro boxing match.

One aspect that’s being used to hype this event is Floyd’s age. He’s 40 years old and definitely out of his prime. Meanwhile, McGregor is 29 and holds both the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight belts.

Age notwithstanding, “Money” Mayweather holds the advantage in nearly every other category. He’s expected to win this bout and win big. Perhaps the only spot where McGregor may have an edge is his punching power. But that’s if he ever gets through Mayweather’s defense to use it.

Maybe where McGregor does have a chance, though, is his ability to rise to the occasion. “The Notorious” is perhaps the only fighter on the planet who’s as equipped to deal with the pressures of the ring as Money. Going further, he’s shown a penchant to elevate his MMA skills when needed.

Can McGregor Put Mayweather on the Canvas?

mcgregor-mayweather-press-conferenceMcGregor may be overstepping his bounds by predicting a knockout – even with his power. After all, Money has only been knocked down once, if you can even call it this.

Mayweather was winning handily in the twelfth round of a fight, when he touched the canvas with his glove after a punch. However, this was by design because he’d injured his hand and wanted to force more time off the clock.

If The Notorious can even knock Mayweather down – let alone register a knockout – it would be one of the greatest feats in boxing history. Mayweather is not easy to hit, and he’s shown a good chin the few times that he has been hit good.

8-ounce Gloves Approved for Mayweather McGregor Fight

8-ounce-glovesThe Nevada Athletic Commission has approved 8-ounce gloves for this bout, instead of the standard 10-ounce gloves.

Some see this as a safety risk because lighter gloves mean a higher potential for damage to an opponent’s face, as well as one’s own hands. However, the rule was added to make McGregor feel more comfortable because he’s used to fighting with 4-ounce gloves in the UFC.

McGregor said that he doesn’t care what size of gloves they have, which makes this feel like a ploy to convince fans that he has a better chance to win.

Both Fighters Set for a Huge Payday

There’s obviously motivation on both sides to sell pay-per-views and make it look like McGregor has a chance. Both fighters are expected to earn over $100 million from the bout.

This looks to be the biggest fight in history from a revenue perspective. So it only makes sense to hype McGregor up. And the 29-year-old has played his role well by trash-talking even better than Mayweather.

McGregor is Highly Motivated

conor-mcgregor-training-mayweatherNobody truly knows what to expect when Conor steps in the ring on August 26. However, we can certainly expect him to put on a good show, no matter what.

He’s always been a very professional fighter. And the birth his his 3-month-old son, Conor Jr., has only made him more pumped up to compete.

“The other day, we were comparing pictures of when I was that age and he’s that age side-by-side and we’re like identical,” said a happy McGregor. “I’m like, yes, because he’s going to look exactly like me. He has my name and he’s carrying my, you know, it’s a legacy. I’m just in awe of my little man.”

It’s typical for new fathers to be happy about their new child. But McGregor says that this has taken his fighting skills to a new level too.

“It’s made me more focused, more disciplined because I can’t slack off, I can’t float around, I can’t do what I used to do,” McGregor explained. “I must train, recover, go home, look after my boy, rest and train again. It’s kept life more structured for me and it’s actually helped me as a fighter and as a man, with business and with training.

“Everything is more structured, as it should be, and that’s the key to getting to the high, high level. You must have structure. It’s been eye-opening and amazing and it’s only been three months. So many good times are ahead.”

Even with how good McGregor feels about his son being born and training, odds are that this fight won’t go his way. After all, the Irishman just doesn’t have the same level of experience as his opponent, nor the undefeated pedigree.

But one thing’s for sure, he’ll come ready for the challenge. McGregor has never wilted in a big-time UFC match. So don’t expect him to do anything less than give his all under the bright lights of T-Mobile Arena.

Mayweather McGregor Odds

Here’s a look at the current odds on Mayweather and McGregor from our GTBets.eu sportsbook:

McGregor, Conor +335
Mayweather, Floyd -455

McGregor originally started off as a huge underdog. But he’s somewhat closed the gap with more of the public betting on him.