Celebrity News: If formerly Paulie Malignaggi showed intentions to face Conor McGregor, after what happened Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the former world champion has more reasons to want that fight.
McGregor proved that he can compete for some rounds with certain boxers, but also exhibited his technical shortcomings above the ring. The Irishman was defeated by TKO in the tenth round at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, as many predicted, including Malignaggi himself.
The New York pugilist was one of McGregor’s most harsh critics during these months of promoting the event. And after experiencing two gauntlet sessions with the Irishman, Malignaggi assured him that Conor was not really the kind of relentless fighter he claimed to be.
In recent weeks, there have been several events that intensified the rivalry between the two fighters: sparring photos released on social networks, a viral video featuring McGregor connecting solid hits on Malignaggi, and a hostile media encounter in the vicinity of MGM Grand.
The enmity has become public and has drawn attention, to the extent that several fans and members of the press have suggested that Malignaggi and McGregor smooth things training the ring to fight in earnest.
Malignaggi, who last fought in March this year, rubs his hands when mentioning a possible duel with McGregor, as it would mean for him an unbeatable opportunity to get another big bag.
“Of course I’d like to fight him, why not? It’s easy money, “Malignaggi replied in an IFL TV interview. “Conor is not very nice. Look, everything I said about him came true on Saturday. You can not edit this fight. Everything I said happened. I said I could confuse a little [Mayweather] in the first rounds, but when you start measuring him, he stops throwing punches. He begins to want to give up the fight. And in the end, basically, he surrenders. “