After Conor McGregor got his California boxing license late last month, a number of boxers have stated that they’re willing to welcome him into the sport. One of them being two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi, who promised to make “The Notorious” pay for previous antics.
“I know you apologize about absolutely f—king nothing, but after I am done with you – I am going to knock the beard off you homie,” Malignaggi said in a video statement. “You are going to be apologizing for everything you have been trying to do to get in the boxing ring.”
But as far as McGregor’s boxing skills go, Malignaggi is not impressed by it one bit. In a recent interview with FightHype, “Magic Man” thinks McGregor does not even stand a chance in the amateur circuit.
“After seeing that sparring session (with Chris van Heerden), I don’t think the guy would win the New York City Golden Gloves,” Malignaggi said. “I don’t think he would. I think he gets beaten in the New York City Golden Gloves, so the fact that you would put a guy that probably can’t even win the New York City Golden Gloves against the best fighter in the sport is almost laughable.”
“Put him in with a guy like me, a two-time world champion, is still laughable. It’s comical. I would laugh my way through the whole fight, I really would. It would be like watching a Kevin Hart movie, you just sit there laughing.”
“I would be sitting there laughing while I’m fighting the guy because it’s more comedy than it is anything else.”
McGregor intends to acquire licenses in other states as well, according to his team. But even so, Malignaggi believes the whole idea makes no sense at all.
“Who the f—k does he think he’s gonna scare in a boxing ring? I’ll put the camera guy against him and it will be competitive in a boxing ring. Does a guy who plays golf, is he able to get on the ice and play hockey because it’s a similar looking object that you’re hitting something with? It’s ridiculous.”