‘You Get a Prize for Beating Him Up’- Paulie Malignaggi Goes Off on ‘Piñata’ Conor McGregor

Published 06/06/2021, 7:59 AM EDT


Former boxer and commentator Paulie Malignaggi sat down with Helen Yee and shared his thoughts on all things MMA. Malignaggi went in on his rival Conor McGregor, with whom he shared a storied history that dates to 2017. Malignaggi and McGregor got into it when the Irishman shared footage of him dropping the boxing ace during preparation for his bout against Floyd Mayweather.

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Since then, things haven’t exactly been smooth between Malignaggi and McGregor, with the former holding a grudge. Chiefly, Paulie Malignaggi’s disdain for McGregor came through when Yee asked him about McGregor’s upcoming scrap against Dustin Poirier. ‘The Notorious’ is looking to avenge a TKO defeat to Poirier when the two meet at UFC 264.

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Paulie Malignaggi x Conor McGregor: No love lost

Malignaggi explained that it was rather futile to go ahead and provide a prediction for Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3. From his standpoint, McGregor’s loyal fanbase would defend him and make excuses for him regardless of the outcome. When describing his feelings towards McGregor, it was clear that Malignaggi believes the Irishman will find a way to land on his feet.

“It’s always win-win for Conor. It’s amazing what he’s done really. He can win and people can say, ‘Oh, he’s back’. He can get his a** kicked and people can say ‘Oh, he’s not focused. It’s always win-win for Conor. Does it really matter? I mean this guy could lose every fight and they’re [McGregor’s fans] are always going to have an excuse for him.”

I think he’s probably going to get his ass kicked again to be honest, but that’s okay because they’ll tell you that he wasn’t focused again. They’ll tell you it’s cause he just sold his whiskey for $600 million.”

“Conor has really built a prize-winning reputation. The piñata himself, the piñata through and through where you get a prize for beating him up and he’s going to get himself a prize too, just for fighting.”

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, if you ask Conor McGregor and his team, it will be clear that losing to Dustin Poirier in a rematch is not an option. Many lucrative opportunities await McGregor if he pulls off a show-stopping victory.

Not to mention, coming out on top in a tense and competitive trilogy will be a satisfying victory in itself.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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