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I don't think I've ever seen someone do such a great job of self promoting like Conor McGregor. It really is impressive. He is only days away from what will surely be a record breaking bout with Mayweather, and now has plenty of fuel for lining up the next one.
Because of some sparring photos and video clips that were 'leaked' online, McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi now have some beef between the two. The photos show Malignaggi looking pretty badly beaten, while the video shows what appears to be McGregor dominating the match and knocking Malignaggi unconscious at one point.
Obviously this doesn't look very good for Paulie. He said this after seeing that the images were online:
"When you don’t like somebody, you don’t spar them, you fight them. You either fight them, or you just never mentioned them at all. This weirdo didn’t do either of those things. He constantly put me in the press with these edited videos, edited pictures and whatnot. Now, it’s picked up a ton of momentum. So yeah. So now the bad blood is there. Now we’ve gotta fight."
"He’s got his left hand on my neck and he’s throwing his little right hook inside, and I’m trying to pull up as hard as I can, in case he’s going to repeat the shot, in case he’s gonna do something else, and he lets it go. So what happens? I go flying, and I fall."
It doesn't even need to be said that there is a huge difference between sparring and an actual match. Paulie is a fighter, not just a sparring partner. Whatever happens in a sparring match between to fighters should be treated as helping one another. These videos shouldn't have been released at all. I feel like this is a publicity stunt specifically for gearing up the McGregor vs. Malignaggi fight. But if it's not, yeah, they should fight.
Here is the footage of the sparring match. To me, it doesn't look like Paulie got knocked out. It looks like he lost his balanced and fell over.