Stephen Espinoza Explains Why McGregor-Malignaggi Sparring Footage Wasn’t Used by Showtime

Stephen Espinoza has explained why Showtime hasn’t used footage from Conor McGregor’s sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently said Showtime didn’t want to make Malignaggi look bad so they denied using sparring footage for their “All Access” series. Espinoza told Sporting News that this isn’t the case: “Dana’s […]

Stephen Espinoza has explained why Showtime hasn’t used footage from Conor McGregor’s sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently said Showtime didn’t want to make Malignaggi look bad so they denied using sparring footage for their “All Access” series. Espinoza told Sporting News that this isn’t the case: “Dana’s […]

Paulie Malignaggi Reveals ‘Dirty Stuff’ Conor McGregor Did In Sparring

The back-and-forth between former world champion boxer Paulie Malignaggi and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hasn’t ended just yet. Malignaggi was brought in as a sparring session to help McGregor prepare for his Aug. 26 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, but he left the camp after Team McGregor released pictures that he wasn’t fond of. […]

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The back-and-forth between former world champion boxer Paulie Malignaggi and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hasn’t ended just yet.

Malignaggi was brought in as a sparring session to help McGregor prepare for his Aug. 26 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, but he left the camp after Team McGregor released pictures that he wasn’t fond of.

A video was also released by UFC President Dana White in which some have claimed that McGregor knocked Malignaggi down.

Malignaggi, however, recently said that the Irishman did a lot of ‘dirty stuff’ during sparring:

“Rules are different in mixed martial arts than they are in boxing and he wanted to know what he’s doing wrong and what he’s doing right and what not so every single sparring session he had, [Hall of Fame referee] Joe Cortez was there,” Malignaggi told Colin Cowhered on The Herd.”

“One thing Conor has to understand – and you see that in that clip that they sent out – it wasn’t so much that he’s landing shots because most of the shots are missing. If anything, they’ve shot themselves in the foot because all the dirty stuff he does that the referee will actually warn him for. In that particular sparring session, there’s no judges, but he lost two points from that particular sparring session for fouls, for rabbit punching and hitting behind the head and pushing behind the head.”

Malignaggi even went as far to say that McGregor could get himself ‘disqualified’ if he doesn’t change his tactics:

“What he really has to learn is to try to keep it within the rules because he’s a little bit confused as to what he’s doing in there. He’s a little bit confused, especially on the inside as you can see on that tape. He’s trying to grab and push the head down. Inside fighting in boxing is very different from inside fighting in mixed martial arts. You can’t grab. You actually have to know what you’re doing on the inside. . .

“I think Conor has to learn to turn punches over but more than that he needs to learn how to keep it clean. He’s gonna get himself disqualified if he keeps punching behind the head and pushing the head down. He needs to understand that inside fighting in boxing is different than inside fighting in mixed martial arts.”

What do you make of Malignaggi’s comments?

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Conor McGregor Reacts To New Glove Size For Mayweather Bout

Earlier today (Wed., August 16, 2017) the awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing bout on August 26 from Las Vegas received an impactful new stipulation when the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) unanimously voted to reduce the glove size from 10 ounces to eight ounces for the mega-fight. Not surprisingly, McGregor was more than […]

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Earlier today (Wed., August 16, 2017) the awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing bout on August 26 from Las Vegas received an impactful new stipulation when the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) unanimously voted to reduce the glove size from 10 ounces to eight ounces for the mega-fight.

Not surprisingly, McGregor was more than happy to accept the offer, as he’s accustomed to fighting with only four-ounce gloves in the UFC Octagon. He released a statement praising the commission’s handling of the situation on Instagram shortly after the ruling was announced:

“I am very pleased with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s handling of my next bout today. Fair play was kept all the way through. This was handled very well and very fairly by the NSAC. I am very pleased and respect the Commission’s ruling on this. 10 days until fight time.”

It’s been speculated that Mayweather’s speed will be increased with the now-eight-ounce gloves; but then again, so would McGregor’s ‘Notorious’ knockout power, as well. We’ll just have to wait and see just how impactful the glove change is come fight time. For now, you can check out McGregor’s full response post here:

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Glove Size Officially Set For Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

After weeks of back-and-forth debate, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially set the glove size and officials for August 26’s long-awaited boxing super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout, which will be contested at 154 pounds over the course of 12 rounds, was […]

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After weeks of back-and-forth debate, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially set the glove size and officials for August 26’s long-awaited boxing super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The bout, which will be contested at 154 pounds over the course of 12 rounds, was originally set to go down with the fighters wearing 12-ounce gloves. But the NSAC recently revealed they were going to vote to reduce the glove size to eight ounces, something they officially confirmed today in addition to the judges and referee according to UFC.com:

“The final details of the Aug. 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor were ironed out at the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

As expected, both fighters were licensed for the matchup at T-Mobile Arena, and following a request from each camp, the bout will now be contested using eight-ounce gloves, not the 10-ounce gloves usually used in 154-pound boxing matches.

The referee will be Robert Byrd and the three judges chosen for the match are Guido Cavalleri, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti.”

The reduced glove size would expectedly favor McGregor, a fighter who is well known for his massive knockout power while wearing four-ounce gloves during his electric run to two UFC titles since his debut in 2013. Most who have given the Irishman merely a puncher’s chance – if they’ve given him a chance at all – to stop undefeated all-time great Mayweather in the early rounds, so a switch to smaller gloves would certainly seem to favor “The Notorious” by making his punches hit harder and also tougher to block.

However, it would also seem to boost Mayweather’s speed, an area where most experts and fans are justifiably giving “Money” a decided advantage. What do you think – who will the switch to a smaller glove size benefit the most?

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Glove Size Officially Set For Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

After weeks of back-and-forth debate, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially set the glove size and officials for August 26’s long-awaited boxing super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout, which will be contested at 154 pounds over the course of 12 rounds, was […]

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After weeks of back-and-forth debate, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially set the glove size and officials for August 26’s long-awaited boxing super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The bout, which will be contested at 154 pounds over the course of 12 rounds, was originally set to go down with the fighters wearing 12-ounce gloves. But the NSAC recently revealed they were going to vote to reduce the glove size to eight ounces, something they officially confirmed today in addition to the judges and referee according to UFC.com:

“The final details of the Aug. 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor were ironed out at the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

As expected, both fighters were licensed for the matchup at T-Mobile Arena, and following a request from each camp, the bout will now be contested using eight-ounce gloves, not the 10-ounce gloves usually used in 154-pound boxing matches.

The referee will be Robert Byrd and the three judges chosen for the match are Guido Cavalleri, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti.”

The reduced glove size would expectedly favor McGregor, a fighter who is well known for his massive knockout power while wearing four-ounce gloves during his electric run to two UFC titles since his debut in 2013. Most who have given the Irishman merely a puncher’s chance – if they’ve given him a chance at all – to stop undefeated all-time great Mayweather in the early rounds, so a switch to smaller gloves would certainly seem to favor “The Notorious” by making his punches hit harder and also tougher to block.

However, it would also seem to boost Mayweather’s speed, an area where most experts and fans are justifiably giving “Money” a decided advantage. What do you think – who will the switch to a smaller glove size benefit the most?

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Paulie Malignaggi Rips ‘Pillsbury Doughboy’ Dana White in Interview

Paulie Malignaggi has verbally attacked UFC President Dana White, saying he would like to “punch” the businessman.
In an interview with the MMA Hour (h/t Mark Raimondi of MMA Fighting), Malignaggi called White “the Pillsbu…

Paulie Malignaggi has verbally attacked UFC President Dana White, saying he would like to “punch” the businessman.

In an interview with the MMA Hour (h/t Mark Raimondi of MMA Fighting), Malignaggi called White “the Pillsbury Doughboy” after he released footage of the two-time former world champion’s sparring session with Conor McGregor.

Malignaggi said:

You put a white hat on him and give him a white shirt, he looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy. I just want to punch him in his belly button, so he can go ‘hoo hoo hoo,’ like that little laugh from the Pillsbury Doughboy, you know?

             

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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