Report- Conor McGregor: Eddie Hearn teases Paulie Malignaggi grudge match – Notorious told THIS | UFC | Sport

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Updated: November 9, 2018
Conor McGregor: Eddie Hearn teases Paulie Malignaggi grudge match - Notorious told THIS | UFC | Sport

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Conor McGregor’s representatives have been contacted by Eddie Hearn (Image: INSTAGRAM / GETTY)

Conor McGregor trained with Malignaggi in the build-up to his much-maligned boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, which he lost via a tenth-round TKO.

Malignaggi departed Team McGregor soon after their training began as photographs from their sparring sessions started doing the rounds on the social media.

A video of ‘The Notorious’ apparently dropping the New Yorker was released by UFC president Dana White a few days after the former WBA and IBF welterweight champion left the camp.

Tensions between the pair are still high and both men have expressed an interest in facing one another, though Malignaggi believes the UFC’s poster boy won’t dare share the ring with him.

Hearn would like to make the fight and has already sent out some feelers to McGregor’s representatives.

“I said to him this morning, ‘I’d love to do it.’ DAZN, oh they’d pay a lot of money for that fight,” Hearn told IFL TV during a joint interview with Malignaggi.

“I said to Conor McGregor’s guys; I’m going to float the numbers to them and see what they think.”

Hearn added: “As I said to Conor McGregor’s guys, maybe he can beat Paulie Malignaggi. I don’t know. I don’t think he beats Khabib (Nurmagomedov).

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Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi exchange words during a sparring session (Image: YOUTUBE)


I’m going to float the numbers to them and see what they think

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“And he’s been living the good life since he’s been retired, so you never know how he’s going to be coming back.

“But I tell you one thing, it is a good fight. It might be a good fight, a hatchet one.”

Hearn believes a bout between McGregor and Malignaggi would be a much better contest than the Irishman’s ‘Money Fight’ with Mayweather, which he earned £76million for.

“What I said about the fight was, and this isn’t disrespectful to you, you’ve been retired a couple of years, but him against Mayweather was always a complete mismatch,” Hearn said to Malignaggi.

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Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi have a heated conversation outside of the T-Mobile Arena (Image: AP)

“So, therefore, he has more chance against you than he did do against Mayweather. I’d be interested in looking at the numbers. I reckon I can come up with some horny numbers for that fight.”

The hotly-debated sparring sessions between McGregor and Malignaggi, including their infamous second spar, will be shown in a three-part Netflix documentary detailing the Dubliner’s preparations for his showdown with Mayweather.

Malignaggi doesn’t foresee the series accurately depicting what happened in his two encounters with ‘Mystic Mac’, recently telling Express Sport: ”I’m sure the footage will be cut around to show what they want to show you. He doesn’t have much, though.

“Having said that, even with the not much they have, they’ve convinced basically everyone of this bulls**t narrative.”

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Conor McGregor vs Paulie Malignaggi is a fight Eddie Hearn is keen to make (Image: GETTY)

“It’s actually good fun to watch. I assure everyone it is, but he’s trying to perpetuate a lie,” Malignaggi said of his second sparring with McGregor.

“Me not being in shape or sharp aside, it was good action. And he has to thank his lucky stars that’s the shape I was in. Because despite 16oz gloves and headgear, that’s the only reason he doesn’t get stopped even in sparring.

“I had to deaden the pace for the sake of making sure I can finish the twelve rounds. It is the only reason he doesn’t get assaulted by me in that session.

“He has to, though, as we did eight rounds the first time.

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Paulie Malignaggi doesn’t believe the full clip of his sparring with Conor McGregor will be released (Image: GETTY)

“That one I still hadn’t got the memo that we had a beef and I took the casual approach to figuring out that he needs work. The second one, we both were meaner spirited though.

“He can show all footage, but if you haven’t got anything to be ashamed about, including the knockdown footage being twisted with the strange camera angles to sell it, then just show it as it is, right? I still don’t believe he has the balls to show the footage un-doctored.”

Malignaggi, 37, hung up his gloves in March 2017 after a KO loss to Sam Eggington, the seventh defeat of his 14-year-long career.

McGregor, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since his UFC 229 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, in which he suffered a fourth-round submission defeat to his successor at the summit of the lightweight division.