Paulie Malignaggi: Conor McGregor Had ‘Dark Intentions’ in Sparring Session

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 12:  UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor trains during an open workout at his gym on August 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

Former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8), now an announcer for Showtime, knew something was up the minute he walked into the UFC’s new performance institute to square off for a second time with the promotion’s lightweight champion.

The first time he’d sparred with Conor McGregor, who is preparing for a bout with boxing’s greatest contemporary fighter, Floyd Mayweather, things were quite a bit different. That session was about putting in work, a private, gritty affair where the few men in the gym had to leave their cellphones in a box to ensure no unauthorized video or pictures leaked out.

“I wasn’t really in the best of shape,” admits Malignaggi, who retired in March. “I was in decent shape but not fighting shape. I told myself, ‘I’m not going to be the only sparring partner there, so I don’t have to be in great

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