Paulie Malignaggi has not shut up about Conor McGregor yet. Ever since the two sparred before the Floyd Mayweather bout, Paulie felt embarrassed about the clip coming out of Conor knocking him down. He’s been on Twitter tirades complaining about McGregor’s bout, his skills, technique, fighting style, and anything else he can think of.
Paulie, I’ll be honest. Everyone can see what you’re doing. Conor has the Midas touch. Everything he touches is gold. He makes anyone he fights much, much richer. Paulie wants to be much, much richer.
After Dana White reported he’s estimated 6.5 million PPV buys from Mayweather and McGregor’s historic bout. (6.5 million is a stretch to me, but I’ll hold my reservations to when the official numbers drop.) This number would be 2 million more than Mayweather-Pacquiao, which was the biggest card in history, and if it is indeed the biggest pay per view in history, Conor McGregor and Dana White are not done in the boxing world. But I think both Conor and Dana are more concerned with the promotional side of the sport instead of McGregor competing again, which isn’t out of the realm of possibilities in itself.
But even if McGregor was to fight in boxing again, something that will be very lucrative for him for sure, I think it will be against an active fighter, not one coming out of retirement. Paulie is basically like fighting Mayweather again, except not as big of a deal.
Malignaggi is doing everything he can to hype up a fight that most likely won’t happen. And if it does, I don’t think he would have the same success as Floyd and Conor did. In a recent interview he admitted he thought the hypothetical fight would go similarly to the MayMac fight in his favor. Here are a couple quotes from him to Colin Cowherd:
“I’ll tell you why Conor is concerned to fight me, because he knows what actually happened in the sparring session.”
“I would make him quit like Floyd made him quit. And you don’t even have to be that good, you just have to take him to the point where he wants to quit, because he himself wants to quit when the going gets hard.”
Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor Will Never Happen
Paulie, you’re a legend. But your best days are behind you. To even compare your success to Floyd is laughable. You. Are. Not. Floyd. Mayweather. Your skills are not close to Floyd’s. Your record is not close to Floyd’s. Why would Conor McGregor want to fight you?
Because you guys sparred? Because you and him got into a verbal altercation before the fight in Vegas? McGregor is used to people calling him out. He is used to people who shouldn’t be calling him out calling him out. You’re just another Jeremy Stephens.
You’re just part of the noise who just made over $100 million fighting Floyd Mayweather, a double champ in the UFC, a sport McGregor thinks is more realistic fighting, and a guy who will most likely be getting a stake in the UFC.
We know you’re embarrassed and that a two-weight world champion boxer needs to redeem himself, Paulie. I get it. We all get it. But your day has come and passed. Conor most likely will not want to fight you. It’s not part of his game plan.