We are just a little over three weeks away from the epic boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, but there seems to be a little bit of turmoil in the McGregor Camp.
Former boxing champ Paulie Malignaggi, who has been training and sparring with McGregor is the anticipation of his August 26th bout, is no longer going to be training The Notorious One.
Last night, a member of McGregor’s posse leaked a photo Malignaggi getting knocked down during a sparring session with Conor. The caption of the photo read “that Oh My God” power as a reference to when Paulie Malignaggi told Jim Rome he didn’t think McGregor “had Oh my God power”.
“It’s definitely above average. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘Oh my God’ power,” Malignaggi told CBS Sports Radio. “This is what I call ‘Oh my God’ power, even in sparring, and you’re like ‘Oh my God,’ like wow, this guy really hits hard.
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 by phone Thursday night. “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.”
Malignaggi took issue with this and it’s easy to see why. The guy is spending his time helping McGregor train only to have his team turn around and blast him? It’s a shitty move on McGregor’s part.
Malignaggi took to Twitter to express his displeasure with McGregor and his team:
Malignaggi also posted to Instagram to announce that he was leaving McGregor’s camp as a result:
While it’s probably too late in the process for Malignaggi’s exit to have any real impact on McGregor, it’s just a bad look by his team to essentially diss someone who’s trying to help.