Ex-world champ boxer Paulie Malignaggi has labeled former training partner Conor McGregor “the king of bulls***” and dismissed reports he is in talks with the UFC star to settle scores over a heated sparring session dispute.
The pair of former two-weight world champs infamously had a very public and very protracted fallout that stemmed from when video footage was released from inside the McGregor camp of a sparring session in the lead up to Conor’s multi-million dollar match-up with Floyd Mayweather Jr in August 2017.
The short clip showed ex-UFC lightweight and featherweight champion McGregor apparently knocking down Malignaggi, who held world belts at light welterweight and welterweight as a boxer.
Sources in MMA had reported that the two were in talks over a potential fight, this time for real, which would have given both the chance to settle the dispute in the ring.
However, when asked by the Daily Express to clarify the rumors, Brooklynite Malignaggi reportedly answered: “Not true,” before going onto call out McGregor and his team on suspicion of creating false flags in order to stay relevant.
News of McGregor vs Malignaggi supposedly being in the works came a few days after the former expressed an interest in facing Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout, a desire he revealed after seeing Mayweather lock horns with the 20-year-old.
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