AS if it wasn’t tedious enough first time around, the Paulie Malignaggi vs. Conor McGregor pantomime is seemingly set to start up again, as it is reported both are “in talks” over a boxing match in 2019.
According to The Sun, who pass the buck to “multiple sources within boxing and MMA”, talks between McGregor and Malignaggi are apparently ongoing and there’s a chance this fight, no one’s fantasy, could become a reality.
As for the story behind this most improbable – and pointless – of boxing matches, here goes: Malignaggi once teased McGregor about his chances of winning fights in his domain, boxing, and was then later drafted in as a sparring partner when McGregor somehow agreed a deal to box – yes, box – Floyd Mayweather, a boxer, in August 2017. This led to Malignaggi looking to prove a point and McGregor looking to prove a point. It also led to one sparring session in which Malignaggi was apparently dominant and another in which he was apparently dropped.