UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor is currently preparing for his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather later this month.
However, the Irishman may have another fight on his hands in the future, with that coming in the form of Paulie Malignaggi.
“This weirdo didn’t do either of these things,” Malignaggi said on The MMA Hour. “He constantly puts me in the press with these edited videos, edited pictures and whatnot. Now, it’s picked up a ton of momentum. So yeah. So now the bad blood is there. Now, we’ve gotta fight.”
The rift between Malignaggi and McGregor began after the MMA star released a photo, then a video showing Malignaggi being knocked down during a sparring session.
Malignaggi claims that the video and the photo were both edited to make him look bad.
“It became like a running joke in boxing,” Malignaggi said. “They had to kind of cover it up in some way, shape or form. So nice job. Nice edit — it was a nice, Hollywood edit. I thought it was adorable, I thought it was cute. But at the end of the day, every day you start to see holes in this little story.”
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.