There’s this boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and this mixed martial arts star, Conor McGregor, and they don’t seem to like each other all that much.

They spent several days telling each other that earlier this summer, touching down in four cities and covering thousands of miles while engaging in the most vulgar, provocative and microphone-friendly display this side of a presidential press conference.

They’ve since retreated to neutral corners, emerging occasionally via social media and open workouts to let the other guys know just what sort of trouble he’s in come Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It’s the sort of once-in-a-generation tide that’s raised all web-based and traditional media boats, thanks to myriad storylines that include training-camp intrigue, mind-numbing financials and old-fashioned boxing odds and glove controversies.

Take a look at the list and revel in the real news.

So, maybe this was what Paulie Malignaggi wanted all along.

The two-division world champion-turned-Showtime analyst became a part of the Mayweather-McGregor narrative when he agreed to join the Irishman’s camp as a sparring partner. The relationship quickly fractured over a knockdown that Team McGregor deems legitimate and Team Paulie labels baloney.

Both sides have hemmed and hawed about exactly how much of the sparring video has been released. Malignaggi claims only the edited version shows the MMA star as superior, and he insists the full 36-minute version would indicate he controlled the action for roughly 10 of 12 overall rounds.

Malignaggi upped the ante with a full-on challenge to fight him next St. Patrick’s Day, if, as he told The MMA Hour (via, “He doesn’t get the living s–t beaten out of him” by Mayweather.


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