Saturday 17 March 2018

Paulie Malignaggi's cornerman reveals what really happened in sparring session with Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor and (inset) Tiernan Bradley
Conor McGregor and (inset) Tiernan Bradley

Harry Clarke

So what really happened when Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi shared a boxing ring for 12 gruelling rounds?

Tyrone amateur boxer Tiernan Bradley is part of the McGregor camp in the build up to the August 26 showdown in Las Vegas and he has given an insightful account into last week's much-publicised sparring session between the two superstars.

Malignaggi quit the camp after he felt he was set up by McGregor when photographs showing him sprawled on the canvas were leaked online.

The former two-weight world champion then said McGregor "whimpered like a girl" when he was caught in the stomach during the sparring session and added that he basically "ass-whipped" the Notorious.

While Bradley has obvious ties with the McGregor camp, he penned an in-depth column in the Irish News claiming McGregor had too much for Malignaggi and revealed the video will reveal all when it is released after August 26 fight.

"I did Paulie's corner for the spar, their second after a feisty first encounter, and I can safely say it will be very interesting when the video comes out after the fight," wrote Bradley in the Irish News.

It wasn't a one-sided spar either way but I thought one was the clear winner overall and that was Conor. He was very calm, very professional and, honestly, he really impressed me on the day.

"That's just my opinion, people can make up their own minds when they see the video. Paulie has done plenty of talking, but he could be talking himself into a hole when the footage comes out after the Mayweather fight."

Malignaggi's main bone of contention was a a photograph shared by the McGregor camp that showed him sprawled on the canvas. Malignaggi insisted it was a push down, not a knock down.

Bradley says people can make up their own minds when the footage is released.

"Obviously he saw that picture and his pride was dented. I can understand that, but at the same time he was on TV doing interviews the week before, talking about Conor's power being overblown and all this stuff.

"He was talking to Mayweather's guys, talking to pro boxers and doing interviews – what did he think was going to happen? Did he expect to just come in here and talk shit?

"As for the 'knockdown' itself, you can make your own mind up when the footage is eventually released, if anybody even cares by that stage.

"I've seen people say that, from the photo, you can tell that it was a push down by the body language of Joe Cortez. I can tell you now – Joe didn't see the incident that led to Paulie being on the ground. He didn't see it."

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