UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is ready to bring in some high-level training partners with boxing experience as he continues his training camp for the highly-anticipated Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in August.
In a recent interview with Showtime Boxing, former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi revealed McGregor has invited him to spar in Las Vegas ahead of the fight.
Malignaggi, who retired after holding the WBA welterweight title, IBF light welterweight title and WBC International light welterweight title during his professional career, is also a boxer for Showtime Boxing, so he will be providing analysis of the bout.
With that in mind, Malignaggi said he is interested in sparring with McGregor and also sees the potential to gain more in-depth analysis for the broadcast.
As transcribed by MMA Fighting:
“I did get called to go to camp with Conor McGregor. I was surprised [since] I haven’t really been training, I haven’t been in the gym, so I started working out a little bit. I’m working out the details to spar with McGregor. If it’s something that’s going to be feasible, I think it’ll be cool because I think I’ll have some inside stuff to talk about on fight night.
“I don’t really see myself talking about anything about camp because I’m a team player. I don’t want to be the kind of guy that comes out of camp and starts talking, ‘this and that, and that happened in camp’, but I think on fight night – during the broadcast – I think I will have some cool, in-depth stuff that I’d like to talk about because by that point we’re already on fight night and it’s there. I think it’s interesting that they called me in general, you know. As people, know I announced my retirement and I think this is a good opportunity to lose a little bit of weight and also take part of a training camp without having to make weight, so that’s fun.”
Mayweather and McGregor will face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
If Malignaggi ultimately does decide to help McGregor with sparring during his camp, it will provide the kind of work against an experienced pro that the UFC star needs to stand any chance in the ring against an all-time boxing great.
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