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McGregor: Malignaggi 'whopped' at session

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS -- According to Conor McGregor, former world champion boxer Paulie Malignaggi quit as one of his primary sparring partners because he was getting "whopped" during sessions.

Earlier this month, Malignaggi bailed on McGregor's preparations for his Aug. 26 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, citing multiple reasons. Chief among them, however, was a leaked photo that showed Malignaggi falling backward to the canvas during a hard 12-round session in Las Vegas.

Malignaggi, 36, denied McGregor knocked him down with a punch, telling ESPN he was "shoved down." He also said McGregor booked a 12-round session one day after he flew across the country, in order to catch him while he was jet-lagged.

On Friday, McGregor offered his side of the highly publicized sparring match.

"He tried his best, but he got his ass whopped," McGregor said. "Tell me how his face looked. Tell me how his temple looked. He was badly, badly concussed after those rounds. Badly rattled. He was flattened and knocked down. The ropes kept him up multiple times.

"Sparring partners who were [staying] in the house with him were worried about him. They were ringing us, worried about him stumbling out of the car, incoherent.

"I do not know what happened. At the end of the day, we got in and traded blows, so I respect him for coming in. It did not go well for him. I do not know why he sprinted out of there. His ego was dented."

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