Conor McGregor proceeded to attack Paulie Malignaggi on Twitter, following the latter’s scuffle with his buddy and teammate, Artem Lobov. But, Malignaggi’s doing his best to deflect his rival’s Twitter barrage.
After Paulie slapped Lobov at a Bareknuckle FC media event this week (which nearly kickstarted a brawl), McGregor proceeded to tweet out multiple images of him sparring with the decorated boxer in 2016. Many of the images showed McGregor landing on Malignaggi.
Well, since then, Malignaggi had this to say about his rival’s latest, social media jabs (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I moreso laugh at Conor,” Malignaggi said. “I’m not really worried about Conor, because Conor is not going to do anything to me. He’s not going to challenge me.
“I’m sure he’s very disgruntled that he has to look through 20 still pictures, and more than half of them, he’s not landing a clean shot on me, and that’s all he has,” Malignaggi said. “When he looks through that video, he has to live with the agony of knowing there’s more highlights of me on that video than there is of him, and he has to sift through all my highlights to get to the couple of things he’s done in that sparring.”
“I haven’t won a fight since 2016, except that I was retired for two years,” he said. “How pitiful is that? The last time we won a fight was the same year.”
So, who knows? Maybe Malignaggi and McGregor will eventually box under the Zuffa Boxing banner? The expectation is that Malignaggi and Lobov will fight for Bareknuckle FC later this year.