On August 26, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor climbed through the ropes for a boxing match with undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. Strangely, one of the biggest stories to emerge in the lead-up to this blockbuster battle was McGregor’s sizzling beef with boxer Paulie Malignaggi.
Malignaggi was originally brought into McGregor’s camp as a sparring partner, but ultimately left when he felt he’d been unfairly represented by the Irishman and his team. From there, things only got worse, as the pair traded trash talk in interviews and on social media, and nearly came to blows during the grand arrivals for the fight.
With the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight in the rear-view, the expectation was that this McGregor-Malignaggi beef might calm down a bit. This has not been the case. This week, the trend continued, as Paulie Malignaggi went off on McGregor on Twitter, challenging himto back up his talk.
Do you think Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor need to meet in the ring or cage to settle all this ugliness?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/3/2017.