UFC Champion Conor McGregor brought in former Boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi for his training camp for Floyd Mayweather and beat the daylights out of him for 12 rounds. UFC President Dana White released some of the footage online and caused quite a stir. Another world champion Andre Berto was suppose to arrive at Conor’s camp this week for sparring. But according to Paulie, he backed out after the fiasco. Check it out.
“I spoke to Andre Berto. Andre was supposed to go there and box on Saturday, and he changed his mind after seeing what happened with me,” Malignaggi said on the Cagesiders podcast (transcribed by Anton Tabuena for Bloody Elbow). “Everybody already knew what happened with Van Heerden, now he’s doing the same with me too. When word goes around that somebody is like that, even in regular life, you start to alienate (people).”
“He’s going to have trouble getting any help in boxing, because the sneaky tactics, the sneaky qualities that he has now can no longer be looked at as a coincidence. With the Van Heerden situation, like maybe he didn’t know how the ethics work in boxing, maybe he still had to learn, or now that he has learned, everything will be okay.
“I think the cat’s out of the bag with Conor McGregor in boxing, now that he’s tried this again, with sneaky tactics,” he said. “You spar, and let me put in sneaky pictures, or make sneaky videos in Van Heerden’s case and let me spin it.”
“There was no need to do that, but all it’s done is ruin his reputation. I don’t think he’ll be able to get big name help at any point in his boxing career. But at the end of the day, it was definitely something that has hurt his ability to work with contacts — or have contacts in boxing.”