It started when Conor McGregor released unflattering photos — followed by an even less flattering video — from a private sparring session between him and Paulie Malignaggi in the build-up to his 2017 megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. It ended nearly two years later at the Florida Fairgrounds Expo Hall, where the former two-time boxing world champion was dispatched by McGregor proxy Artem Lobov in an ugly decision that anchored Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6.
With icepacks furnishing both of his historically problematic hands, Malignaggi attended the post-fight press conference to rage against BKFC6’s judges, describing them as not knowing “what the f— they were doing” and “what the f— they were watching.” In the next breath, he called it a career. “Everyone and their mothers know that I won this fight,” Malignaggi said to the assembled media. “But, you know what, I’m also 38 years old, and I guess this is sort of a sign to say ‘yo, you gotta stop this.’ Because I probably would have kept doing this if had won this fight tonight.”
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