Joe Cortez: Why McGregor vs Malignaggi must happen

Joe Cortez knows better than anyone what actually happened between McGregor and Malignaggi in the sparring sessions ahead of McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather.  Cortez, who presided over the sparring sessions to help McGregor gain a better understanding of boxing rules, thinks the dispute between McGregor and Malignaggi should be settled in a rematch for real.

I can tell you that I was there for 12 rounds with them and there was a lot going on. A lot of boxing fans and MMA fans want to know and I can tell you from being there that the fight should happen. It was very competitive. That is what I am saying. I know for a fact that it would make a good fight. It would be a better fight than McGregor vs Mayweather.

Malignaggi: I’ll fight McGregor for ‘free’

Malignaggi calls McGregor a ‘punk’ and says he’s capable of stopping the Irishman in the boxing ring.

Conor gets stopped by me. If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy…I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.

Malignaggi: McGregor ‘has no balls’

McGregor’s former sparring partner, Malignaggi, doesn’t think McGregor made a valiant effort against Mayweather.

The guy has no balls. When you back him into a corner he’s a little pussycat. He quit. If you don’t throw a punch for over a minute, you quit buddy. You can explain it any way you want … you quit buddy, you absolutely did.

Malignaggi, who left McGregor’s team over a series of leaked photos from their sparring sessions, then went on to reiterate his desire to settle his differences with McGregor in the boxing ring.

I don’t like the guy, I never will like the guy, personally I think he’s a scumbag. Just the fact I could sink my fist into his face — I would love that. The fact I could get him looking like the sissy that he is — I would love that.

Amir Khan: McGregor could beat Paulie Malignaggi

Khan talks about McGregor’s performance.

Conor’s such a big guy. I think why he got stopped was he got tired. He wasn’t hurt. Whoever was in the ring with him, if they had been smart, he would have ran our have gas, and he would have ended up getting caught him with a couple of shots, like Mayweather caught him…I give him a lot of respect. I’d give him a B minus…Floyd’s timing is good…[Conor] would beat Paulie Malignaggi.

AMIR KHAN IMMEDIATE REACTION AFTER MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR; THINKS CONOR BEATS MALIGNAGGI IF THEY FIGHT

Mayweather: Malignaggi was my mole in McGregor’s camp

Mayweather and Malignaggi appear on a video mocking McGregor. During the video Malignaggi repeated the word “suckers” numerous times, and brought a fight poster for Mayweather to sign. Mayweather obliges, but also crossed McGregor’s face out. Mayweather says that Malignaggi acted as a mole in the camp.

Paulie has always been my friend…listen, this is going to stay in Paulie’s family forever…don’t worry, Paulie…me and Paulie gonna stay at the house and talk about strategy…thank you for going over there like I asked you to do,

(WOW!) MAYWEATHER & MALIGNAGGI TEAM UP TO CLOWN "SUCKER" MCGREGOR; HINT AT SETUP AND STRATEGY TALK

Malignaggi: McGregor controversy ‘was planned’

Malignaggi says he believes the controversy over his ‘pushdown’ photo was planned

I think it was planned,. When I looked back [at what happened], I realized that everything was probably planned from the start. I talked bad about Conor six months ago, I wanted to get the fight, but that happens a lot among boxers. We talk, we try to get the fight. So, when he called me, I thought, Conor already talked bad about me, but since we won’t fight it’s like, hey, we’re friendly to each other, we hug each other — it’s business. If you fight, you fight. If you don’t fight, you understand that it’s [been] business. So, I’m thinking, I’ve been through this before, I’m going to [join the] camp and we’re going to be cool…For me, I wasn’t mad at anything but I started seeing things, and I started getting mad. This guy is doing things on purpose […]. One day, he made me come to the gym at 3:30. We’re supposed to box at 9. I show up at 3:30, no boxing. And I can’t work out because before, Conor has to work out, and I can’t watch him work out. So why do I have to come to the gym at 3:30 [if] we’re supposed to box at 9!? Just to tell me I can’t work out […]? I cannot do this every day for three weeks.

He predicts a ‘dirty’ fight:

I see Conor being very dirty in the beginning [to have Mayweather] confused. A mixed martial artist, when he gets close, what does he do? He grabs you. I was boxing [McGregor on the inside]. He doesn’t know how to fight inside […]. Outside, Floyd is too good. Inside, Conor doesn’t know how to fight, so what is he going to do? After a few rounds, he’s going to realize he’s dead — just like with Nate Diaz.

Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 4

The Mac Life releases the fourth episode of Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded, its behind-the-scenes look at McGregor as he attends the press conference for their upcoming fight.

Everything I do is entertainment…He needs to be put to sleep.

The Mac Life – Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather | Episode 5 Grand Arrival

 

Malignaggi faces off with McGregor: ‘Did you bring your balls, Conor?’

McGregor and Malignaggi confront each other outside the McGregor-Mayweather press conference. Malignaggi:

Did you bring your balls, Conor?

McGregor:

I saw him, and I said, ‘What are you afraid of a faceoff today?’ He didn’t say anything, and the big ghouls he surrounds himself with started pushing and shoving, and then it was a pushing and shoving contest. … He can’t walk around the place without being surrounded by these donkeys, [but] look, he’s in the ring on his own. I’m already the true king of fighting. I’ll be the king of boxing now, also.