But when McGregor got in his face, that went out the window.
Malignaggi (36-8 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) nearly went nose to nose at grand arrivals for “The Money Fight,” getting into a heated verbal exchange captured by
by MMAWeekly.com outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which hosts the Showtime pay-per-view event.
Malignaggi, who’s working Saturday’s fight as a commentator, asked McGregor, “Did you bring your balls, Conor?”
McGregor shoved his way through reporters to initiate a face-off. Things seemed to start out civilly, but the situation quickly deteriorated before the two were separated.
“Get over it. You got your ass whipped,” McGregor said as Malignaggi started taunting him.
The two have had a very public falling out after Malignaggi left McGregor’s camp as a sparring partner. The retired two-division boxing champ blasted the Irish star and UFC President Dana White for leaking footage of one of their sparring session. Malignaggi said it was leaked to distract the world from McGregor’s lack of boxing prowess. White said Malignaggi was badly beaten in the gym.
In an interview with MMAjunkie Radio, Malignaggi, who retired earlier this year, said he’s interested in boxing McGregor on St. Patrick’s Day of 2018 if the UFC lightweight champ fared well against Mayweather. McGregor later laughed at the challenge and told Malignaggi to “join the queue.”
Malignaggi also said he would keep his composure on fight week but didn’t rule out an altercation after the event if he crossed paths with McGregor. Turns out, he couldn’t avoid one beforehand, either.