Malignaggi To Join Conor McGregor's Camp In Preparation For August 26 Bout With Mayweather

Malignaggi To Join Conor McGregor's Camp In Preparation For August 26 Bout With Mayweather

8/7/2017 



Paulie Malignaggi, former two division tittle holder and one of Conor McGregor's biggest critics is finally headed to the McGregor camp to prepare the UFC Star for his August 26 Bout With Floyd Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It is remembered that at one point Malignaggi told McGregor on social media that "going to knock the beard off you homie. You are going to be apologizing for everything you have been trying to do to get into boxing."

Malignaggi had been contacted by a close friend Dean Byrne, an Irish welterweight Malignaggi used to train with in Los Angeles, on behave of his brother Gerry Byrne, who works with the Conor camp, asking if he could join in preparing Conor for the Bout.
"I told him I wasn't in great shape, but let me talk to my team," Malignaggi said. "I spoke to my team, they gave me the OK and I told Gerry, OK, let's make a deal and work this out and I would go to camp with McGregor."

He heard his phone ring on his way home of Las Vegas to New York after his work with the Ward-Kovalev fight

"I've started working out because I need to be in some shape for the sparring," Malignaggi said. "McGregor has been training in Ireland but in a few more weeks when they come to Las Vegas is when I will join him in camp. It looks like that's the plan."

Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs), 36 had retired from the ring two days after his last fight, which ended with him getting knocked out in the eight round by Sam Eggington and presently has no plan of returning to the ring, he will only help Conor McGregor this one time.

"I was a speed and reflex fighter, so is Floyd, so there's that," Malignaggi said. "I think they also picked me for my boxing brains and to give my two cents. If I'm there I'm there to help and do my part to improve him and get him ready for this big opportunity. I'd like to think there were several different reasons I was called. I am looking to make things happen for him
Malignaggi said he has gone over his criticism over McGregor’s debut on social media and that he is just in to give his all to prepare him for the fight.

"When he got his boxing license in California, I was one of the guys calling him out and talking crap," Malignaggi said. "I admit that. So I was really surprised they called me. He's putting his pride aside to maximize his opportunity to win this fight. They wanted me for my boxing ability and my boxing brain.

"I think it really shows Conor's willingness to win in that he is ready to do what he has to, including swallowing his pride, by having his team call me. In that way it made me respect him more."

"I think at the end of the day you're looking to make improvements in him,"
"Winning the fight is up to Conor. I want to see improvements and I want to make him better than he would have been without me in camp. I will do my part.



"I'm not your average sparring partner because the competitive part of my career is over. I am going there to be of help to him, not to make a name for myself. I expect the sparring sessions to be intense. I am going there to improve the fighter so he can be as ready as he can for his fight. I'm not going to do it so much for the money but because I believe this is the biggest sporting event of the year with the Super Bowl and the Champions League final in soccer. This is the biggest boxing event of the year."

Malignaggi Admitted the impossibility Conor McGregor faces, if tipped to win

"Realistically, to ask Conor to win the fight is a big ask," Malignaggi said. "But maybe he can win moments of the fight or certain rounds. If he's winning certain moments of the fight, even if he loses in the long run, people will talk more about what Conor did than Floyd winning."

Working with Conor will give him more knowledge of Conor McGregor's capabilities as he will be working with Showtime PPV telecast as an analyst, from what he sees in the camp.

"On fight night I will be able to share a lot of things," Malignaggi said. "It will make for some pretty cool stuff talking up the fight. It's exciting to be part of possibly the biggest sporting event of the year. I didn't expect it and gives me a reason to get in shape."
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