The UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor has contacted retired boxer and former world champion Paulie Malignaggi in hopes of getting him as a sparring partner. McGregor is currently preparing for his mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr and he’ll certainly accept any help he can get.
“I’m working out details to spar with McGregor. If it’s something that’s gonna be feasible, it’ll be cool. It’s interesting that they called me in general. They have reached out to me and we are in talks,” said Malignaggi in an interview with Showtime Podcast.
Malignaggi and McGregor do share a bit of a history. The former IBF world champion called out the Irishman after it was revealed that McGregor was granted a boxing license.
“I did call him out and I think that shows the character of the man. He could’ve said ‘screw that kid’. I think it shows the competitive spirit and the willingness to learn on McGregor’s part. It shows you how hungry he is because he put that pride aside. It makes me respect him a little more,” he commented.
McGregor’s camp is in progress and should Malignaggi join, it will be in Vegas.