Conor McGregor's former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi has made some interesting revelations about the Irishman's camp and preparations for his upcoming mega-money fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26.
Having recently left the camp following a public disagreement with the UFC champion and his associates, the former American boxer has spilled the beans on the rather strange atmosphere he had to experience during his short time in their midst.
For one thing, Malignaggi was upset by the fact that photos had been leaked on social media of him on the canvas, claiming that these images were not a fair reflection of the actual situation and that he had been 'set up'.
On further interrogation, the 36-year-old revealed that he had been pushed to the ground rather than knocked down, and went on to further reveal the details of the McGregor camp.
“The sparring partners at the house told me they have a referee for every sparring session because he wants the proper boxing rules," said Malignaggi.
“Joe Cortez is a hall-of-fame referee and has refereed a lot of big fights, I cannot knock him for that and getting the feel for it.
“Then they told me he does everything like a fight night. He does whole introductions and stare-downs. That’s when I started thinking ‘what a j**k-off ego maniac’. That was the first time in my mind I thought that.
“When I heard he wanted stare-downs for sparring I thought he was an ego maniac j**k-off. I didn’t get ticked off. That’s what he wants with everyone.
“The referee calls you together and introduces you and makes you stare-down. He gives you the Conor McGregor stare-down like it’s a fight but I just could not get into it. In my whole career my stare-down was always the same; jump up and down and grill you.
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“I got to the stare-down and I didn’t do regular one. I just had a smirk.”
According to The Sun, Malignaggi detailed a different chain of events to those spread by McGregor's mates after sparring with the Irish fighter and being unimpressed by the setup.
The former two-weight champion did not pull any punches as he brutally blasted McGregor's entourage.
He said: "It’s about ego, and I’m not an ass-kisser like the guys around him. It’s all about status.
“He’s a scumbag. It’s all about who kisses his ass better. I get to the gym the next day and he has all sorts of dignitaries there: [former UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertita, [UFC president] Dana White, and his agent.