Paulie Malignaggi throwing in towel as Conor McGregor sparring partner

Ruben Hill
August 6, 2017

Malignaggi who officially retired from professional boxing earlier this year signed on to work with McGregor ahead of the bout on August 27.

"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.

The former IBF Junior Welterweight and WBA Welterweight champion had been drafted in to help McGregor train for his upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on 26th August, but the Brooklyn native posted a statement on Friday morning explaining that he has chose to leave the Irishman's camp after just two sessions. "I won't release any information about his game plan or what he's working on - I wouldn't do that". Obviously, 12 rounds, you're gonna see there's a mark on my face.

"With this weight of support it's very possible we will see our largest sporting liability ever on a single selection".

Malignaggi said he was not intending to reveal all about the camp before the $500million bout in Las Vegas, the McGregor camp may now be anxious he will reveal information from their training before the match. I was starting to get in a groove in the middle rounds, starting to land some good shots.

Malignaggi also characterized his relationship with McGregor as being like "frenemies".

The American is angry pictures of him on the canvas during a sparring session, having apparently been knocked down by McGregor, were a misrepresentation and he was actually pushed over for the cameras.

In another tweet he claimed he was "kickin his ass by the second sparring session".

Speaking on Showtime's All Access, McGregor was adamant there was only one aggressor when the two sparred.

As opposed to Floyd Mayweather, McGregor is theoretically accustomed to taking damage in fights.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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