Furious Paulie Malignaggi quits Conor McGregor camp over leaked photos
Former WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi has quit Conor McGregor's camp as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26.
The American, who also acts as a boxing analyst on Showtime, has engaged in two sparring sessions with the Crumlin fighter. Sessions he described as "a little out of control".
The former two-weight world champion posted a message on Instagram last night to say that he was no longer going to be a part of McGregor's preparations.
Malignaggi came to the decision after photos were leaked showing him under pressure on the ropes and lying on the canvas during the 12 rounds of sparring.
His message read: "I just wanted to clear the air. I am leaving the McGregor training camp today. I came with best intentions & intended to help out. Just the chance to be part of such a big event in this capacity excited me.
"I believe Conor & I have a mutual respect inside the ring, earned from each other with some good work over 2 sparring sessions. It's some of the stuff outside the ring and some ways some things were handled in training camp that I didn't agree with that made me come to this decision.
"It's not my place to dictate terms in a training camp that is not mine, but it's my place to decide if I want to be a part of it. I will not give away anything tactical that I saw in 2 sparring sessions with Conor. For what it's worth, they have my word.
"The things that upset me though I will speak about in time. I wish team McGregor well in the rest of their preparations and look forward to being back in Vegas to work fight week on Showtime."
Ghostie pic.twitter.com/ViSNzrWV0J— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) August 3, 2017
Although not speaking about his grievances in his Instagram post, Malignaggi did clarify things on Twitter.
Its not nice 2 paint a pic that isn't true, this was a pushdown in sparring, post the whole video rounds 1 through 12 UNEDITED https://t.co/R82BLiMMVm— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
The @ufc PI has cameras all over the gym recording 24/7. The video exists UNEDITED of rounds 1 through 12 Tuesday night, let the fans see.— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now your gonna get the truth though. Post FULL UNEDITED VIDEO FROM TUES night #Ethics— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
I actually beat his ass, 24 hrsoff a flight 2 lol, which is why Im saying post the vid, I try not 2 be petty but seems it's late 4 that now. https://t.co/vSE2Iw4ffM— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
I did interview BECAUSE of the pics, I'm not ur average sparring partner u post pics with me media will hound me, I've said stop with pics. https://t.co/9c85977PQ5— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
Only his personal photographers allowed in the gym. Don't just invent you're own reality of things because it's how u wish it to be buddy. https://t.co/OsnN2AkL56— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017