While the beef between Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor seems to be growing by the day, another eye witness has come forward.
Malignaggi left McGregor’s training camp after photos were leaked from the sparring session between the two. The American wasn’t happy that the images only showed him receiving punches and laying on the canvas.
He then went on various sports shows and blasted McGregor. Malignaggi claimed that the Irishman was losing to him in sparring and this irritated McGregor.
Tiernan Bradley, another sparring partner, who was there when it all went down has published his side of the story. And it’s certainly different compared to Malignaggi’s. Apparently, it was Conor who got the upper hand.
“Conor stayed very professional; Paulie was saying stuff and then getting hit. Conor chose his moments to talk back. There are tactics to mental warfare too, knowing when to talk, and then there’s stupidity. It wasn’t a one-sided spar either way but I thought one was the clear winner overall and that was Conor,” said Bradley in an exclusive interview with Irish News.
Bradley also stated that McGregor handled the situation professionally. Malignaggi has said that footage of the session will be revealed but Bradley wasn’t worried about this.
He [McGregor] was very calm, very professional and, honestly, he really impressed me on the day. Paulie has done plenty of talking, but he could be talking himself into a hole when the footage comes out after the Mayweather fight. When you’re in sparring, sometimes you think you’re doing better than you are, but watching back afterwards can reveal the true nature of the spar,” commented Bradley.
Floyd Mayweather and McGregor are set to collide on August 26th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The undercard for the event was also announced recently.