The 37-year-old, who is now a respected commentator and pundit for Showtime, recently reported that McGregor doesn’t possess that insane, one-punch devastating power you may expect, Malignaggi referred to it as ‘Oh My God’ power, but did state he had enough power to gain respect from his opposition.
Talking on The Jim Rome Show, Malignaggi was careful not to reveal any of McGregor’s strategies when discussing the heated 12 rounds of sparring, but did describe The Notorious’ style as ‘very awkward’.
“McGregor Doesn’t Have ‘Oh My God’ Power!“
Tiernan Bradley, another fighter brought into the McGregor camp, claimed in his column on Irish News the sparring session resembled more of an official fight than rounds of sparring practice.
According to Bradley, McGregor told the camp when he brought Malignaggi into the camp, ‘this is not a spar, I want to fight him. I’m ready for a war’.
But, ultimately, Paulie Malignaggi was there to improve The Notorious, he’s been there and got the t-shirt, he’s been a two-weight world champion.
So, although it was a fiery encounter, Malignaggi was apparently talking to the Irishman in between rounds, providing tips and pieces of advice.