Conor McGregor has been backed by former UFC champion Michael Bisping to knock out rival Paulie Malignaggi in a potential boxing match, after the American previously stated he would have no problems stopping the Irishman in the ring.
McGregor and Malignaggi have history, as the latter helped the former prepare for his fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
The pair sparred with each other and McGregor released a clip of him flooring Malignaggi.
But Malignaggi swears he got the better of their exchange and has asked for the full tape to be released.
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McGregor hasn’t, and since then, Malignaggi has repeatedly called the Notorious out about it.
“We both know what I did to [McGregor] in the gym that day in 2017,” Malignaggi said earlier this week.
“He knows he will get the sh*t beat out of him if he tries me.
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“He gets stopped, 100 percent, no doubt about it!”
Bisping replied to ESPN’s tweet, relaying Malignaggi’s comments, said saying he favoured McGregor.
“Malinaggi proved this is definitely incorrect when he lost to Artem. I’d say Conor KO,” Bisping tweeted.
Bisping was referring to Malignaggi’s venture into Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, where he lost to McGregor’s training team-mate Artem Lobov last year.
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The New Yorker lost a close decision but has since said he feels like he won the fight.
Malignaggi also recently said he doesn’t believe McGregor will ever release the full sparring footage.
“People say to me, ‘You’re embarrassed he knocked you down’ but he didn’t knock s*** down. He didn’t embarrass me,” he explained.
“People wish so badly they could see the full video and be right, but you’re never going to get the full video.
“I beat the s*** out of your man, he’s a bum! This is classic combat sports promoting.”
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