Malignaggi Comes Clean

By Robert Ecksel on August 4, 2017
Malignaggi Comes Clean
“I actually beat his ass, 24 hours off a flight too lol, which is why I’m saying post the vid.”

Paulie did his best to sound sincere, but he’s new to the confidence game and failed to persuade the skeptics…

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”—Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, the skinny dude made famous by Lincoln Logs, wasn’t thinking about the August 26 spectacle between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor when he uttered (or more likely didn’t utter) those words of wisdom. But whoever minted that proverb, which has been attributed to P.T. Barnum in addition to Honest Abe, it was never more relevant than when considering whether it’s worth one hundred dollars to watch a game of tag between Frankenstein and Fred Astaire.

In an attempt to legitimize the fight, former world champion and current Showtime analyst Paulie Malignaggi was enlisted to serve as McGregor’s sparring partner. He was also persuaded to talk about it afterwards. Paulie did his best to sound sincere, but he’s new to the confidence game and failed to persuade the skeptics that Mayweather-McGregor was worth their time and money.

Having fulfilled his obligation to the mother ship, word spread, via some carefully selected photographs of their second sparring session, that McGregor put some hurt on Malignaggi and he wasn’t as bad as many suspect. With his credibility at stake, Paulie decided enough was enough and went public with his displeasure, initially on Twitter.

“It’s not nice to paint a pic that isn’t true,” Paulie tweeted, “this was a pushdown in sparring, post the whole video rounds 1 through 12 UNEDITED…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…I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now you’re gonna get the truth though. Post FULL UNEDITED VIDEO FROM TUES night…I actually beat his ass, 24 hours off a flight too lol, which is why I’m saying post the vid. I try not to be petty but seems it’s late for that now…I did interview BECAUSE of the pics, I’m not your average sparring partner. You post pics with me, media will hound me, I’ve said stop with pics…Only his personal photographers allowed in the gym. Don’t just invent your own reality of things because it’s how you wish it to be buddy.”

I’ve always admired Malignaggi. Despite his late start and fragile hands, he achieved much, both in and out of the ring, which made it all the more painful to watch him paraded in front of the camera spouting words scripted by a master marketeer. But the turnaround is pure Malignaggi and a welcome change from the nonsense one reads regarding the fiasco.

Paulie also released a somewhat toned down statement via Facebook.

“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 and I have a mutual respect inside the ring, earned from each other with some good work over two 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 two 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.”

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  1. Your Name 04:11pm, 08/04/2017

    Hey Charlie Gard, stop being so hurt. Paulie is a Powder Puff Puncher, always has been. Conor has no real experience in Boxing except Years ago as a teenager, sure Floyd will win easy, that’s to be expected. But Paulie is a nice guy, but can’t bust an egg in the punching power department.

  2. Charlie Gard 09:29am, 08/04/2017

    In a sanctioned bout with Paulie in shape and ready to go Malignaggi would punish him and stop him….early or late it wouldn’t go the distance!

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