Battle-scarred, black-eyed Paulie Malignaggi says Conor McGregor, 'has got some pop'

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In the end, both Malignaggi and McGregor did not want to speak too much about sparring for obvious reasons, but it appears as if everything is going according to plan. "It was physical work, it was good work, and Conor is coming along", said Malignaggi.

Obviously taking some decent shots from the Irishman, a bruised Malignaggi told Brett Okamoto of ESPN McGregor had some moments during their shared ring experience. "Conor is a competitor, and I'm a competitor".

Paulie will have a better idea than anyone as to what will happen on August 26th after he gets an inside view as to what Conor is going to bring, so his pre-fight analysis will be interesting for sure.

McGregor would also tweet about the session, which Malignanngi said was serious. We went in there and there was a lot of trash talking right away. You look back on it was kind of fun. "So it was making it a lot of fun". McGregor posted proof that he and former multiple division Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi have finally had that infamous Sparring session. He's got a game plan.

Malignaggi revealed that they were originally scheduled to go six rounds, but that soon turned into eight.

"I think (he's) definitively an underdog, but he has a method to what he's doing and he has a thinking process behind it".

"I think Conor has a very capable training team, he has a team that understands him inside and outside the Octagon".

McGregor has enlisted the help of Malignaggi, who has previously held the IBF light welterweight and WBA welterweight titles, to aid his transition from MMA to boxing ahead of August's "super-fight" in Las Vegas. "Whether that can be effective is up to him, but he's no dummy", Malignaggi said.