Paulie Malignaggi hits out at “arrogant” and “cheap” Conor McGregor

Paulie Malignaggi has lashed out at Conor McGregor as the fall-out from their ill-fated sparring continues.

The New Yorker left the McGregor camp after photos showing him on the canvas 2ere leaked by members of the Irishman’s team.

Malignaggi had joined the camp to help McGregor prepare for his professional debut against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Following two sessions spanning 20 rounds, the Magic Man would leave under stormy circumstances last week following the release of the aforementioned pictures, which Malignaggi stressed were the result of a push rather than punch.

He would then lash out at ‘The Notorious’ for his professionalism, his boxing talents, and even claimed that McGregor ‘whimpers like a girl’ when hit to the body.’

Malignaggi has now sent a fresh volley of verbals the way of McGregor, arguing that the Crumlin light middleweight is arrogant and cheap.

Speaking on SportsExtra on Fox 5, Malignaggi outlined how “my problem with Conor is his arrogance. His arrogance to the point where he can’t make progress, he doesn’t want to learn – he just wants a bunch of yes men around him.”

“He doesn’t want to be told he’s doing something wrong, he doesn’t want to be told he needs to make progress or that he needs to change certain things.”

“Whatever he’s doing, he just wants to be told how great he’s doing.”

Turning attention to the money side of things, Malignaggi noted that the conditions in camp were perhaps not betfitting of a fight of such stature.

The Brooklyn boxer revealed that “he’s a bit on the cheap side. When you have $100,000,000 fight I think you can splurge a bit more on training camp, especially the way you treat the sparring partners.”

“I’ve never been part of a one hundred million dollar fight, but I’ve been involved in multiple fights where there have been million dollar purses. Once you’ve been part of seven and eight, nine figure purses in his case, you understand how to treat the training camp, properly budget it without being too cheap, without overspending.”

“There’s people involved, there’s a team involved, and you need to take care of them too.”

“I’ve never seen such a cheap guy in my life.”

“I was blown away with the treatment this guy gave people – but he made sure he rented himself a Lamborghini!”

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