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Paulie Malignaggi quits as Conor McGregor sparring partner over photo leak – New York Daily News


The ‘Magic Man’ Paulie Malignaggi left Conor McGregor’s training team on Thursday after just two sparring sessions complaining about misleading photos leaked by McGregor’s camp earlier this week.


Ahead of his Aug. 26 boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather, McGregor had an “intense” sparring session on Tuesday with the former world champion Malignaggi that needed to be broken up on several occasions.


McGregor’s personal photographers have posted photos of Tuesday’s session that display McGregor more favorably, including photos of uppercuts to Malignaggi’s face and even a shot of Malignaggi on the ground with McGregor looming triumphantly over him. The former boxing champ is demanding video be released to silence the claim that McGregor had the upper hand during the sparring.


“I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now your gonna get the truth though. Post FULL UNEDITED VIDEO FROM TUES night #Ethics,” Malignaggi tweeted Thursday night.


In a series of frustrated tweets and responses to his followers, Malignaggi attempted to refute the idea that he was knocked out in a picture tweeted by an account named “Conor McGregor News” (ConormcGregor5) on Twitter.


“Its not nice 2 paint a pic that isn’t true, this was a pushdown in sparring,” Malignaggi wrote, “post the whole video rounds 1 through 12 UNEDITED.”


Having retired from pro boxing earlier this year, the Brooklyn native was fit to challenge Macgregor as a boxer, and mentioned that Tuesday’s session had “a lot of violence.” But McGregor has yet to comment on Tuesday’s session and what really happened.


Tieran Bradley, another sparring partner of McGregor’s, suggested that Tuesday’s alleged push-down was part of the Irish fighter’s plan when sparring with him.


“Conor told us all when Paulie came into camp, ‘This is not a spar. I want to fight him. I’m ready for a war,'” Bradley said, via ESPN.

MMA star Conor McGregor is stepping into the boxing ring for the first time against Floyd Mayweather.

MMA star Conor McGregor is stepping into the boxing ring for the first time against Floyd Mayweather.

(Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)


While Malignaggi acknowledges that McGregor did “come on strong” during the sparring session, he says he wasn’t as dominant as the pictures make him out to be. “I actually beat his a–,” he added in a tweet. He believes McGregor’s push down was a result of frustration, and issued a statement Thursday echoing his respect for Conor regarding his leave.


“I believe Conor & I have a mutual respect inside the ring, earned from each other with some good work over 2 sparring sessions,” Malignaggi wrote. “It’s some of the stuff outside the ring and some ways some things were handled in training camp that I didn’t agree with that made me come to this decision.”


Malignaggi has since alleged MacGregor had an underlying agenda for the sparring sessions, suggesting that McGregor’s supposed triumph in the sessions would prove to the world he’s ready for Floyd.

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