Breakdown of Conor McGregor-Paulie Malignaggi Sparring Clip
A Breakdown of the McGregor vs Malignaggi Sparring Video
The following short edited clip is from a 12 round, 36-minute sparring session between Conor McGregor and Paul Malignaggi.
Don’t be fooled by the supposed beef between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. That’s all a farce. There isn’t a real beef. The true rivalry is growing before our eyes through social media, Conor McGregor and Paul Malignaggi.
One is an MMA world champion, the other is a retired, former boxing champion. One is about to step into the squared circle with the best boxer of his generation, the other is a commentator and sparring partner. For MMA and boxing fans these two don’t need an introduction. What they needed was to see a much talked about video.
The video that had been the talk of combat sports is of McGregor and Malignaggi in the ring sparring. Finally late Friday night UFC president Dana White dropped the bomb on his Instagram.
This is the breakdown of the 224-secondspring video between Conor McGregor and Paul Malignaggi:
0:01-0:003 – The video starts with McGregor throwing a clean right that lands, then again landing a clean left. McGregor then hits a ducking Malignaggi in the head with a couple quick rabbit punches.
From the start Malignaggi looks off balance. Something that is unusual of the former boxer.
0:03-0:08 – The two hold each other and have to be broken up by Hall of Fame boxing referee Joe Cortez
0:09 – McGregor lands the hardest, cleanest punch of the video, a left hook to the head.
0:10-0:14 – Malignaggi retreats after getting hit by the left hook. McGregor follows up with a small flurry and lands another left that sent Malignaggi running. As he’s trying to get away, McGregor lands a left to the side of the fleeing Malignaggi’s head.
We then hear a “Woo” and a “Whoa” from a couple people in attendance.
0:15 – Malignaggi throws a right that McGregor ducks under. This is the first significant punch thrown by the former boxer and the first time McGregor had to defend.
0:16-0:17 – After defending the right, McGregor throws his own right and has Malignaggi ducking – damn near all the way onto the canvas.
0:18 – This is when the drama hits. Malignaggi goes down onto the canvas, flat on his back. Was it a McGregor punch that lands and knocks Malignaggi down? Or was it Malignaggi still off balance from the earlier ducking?
It looks as if Malignaggi was still off balance and at the same time McGregor gave him a little push down to Malignaggi’s head gear thus sending him onto the canvas.
0:19 – The video goes black to prepare us for a different view of the controversial “knockdown”.
0:20-0:24 – 4 seconds from a different view of the “knockdown” of Malignaggi. All that was shown was the retired boxer falling on his back onto the canvas in a closer view. This view doesn’t show McGregor landing a punch to knock Malignaggi down.
A Summary of the 24 Second Clip:
To sum it all up, McGregor looks quick, as usual. Malignaggi looks out of shape and off balance for most of the 24 seconds. This clip shows that McGregor is willing to stand and throw punches and possibly take some to land some. The clip also shows McGregor might surprise folks that don’t follow MMA closely. Mostly though, this is could potentially be a build up to a second Conor McGregor boxing match with another retired fighter.