There was a surprise attendee at today's 'Grand Arrival' event in Las Vegas, Nevada where fight festivities for the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight got underway with a bang. Paulie Malignaggi turned up and managed to get right into the middle of Conor McGregor's entourage where he yelled at McGregor repeatedly to bring his balls. Afterwards, he talked to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani to explain what just happened.
"I wasn't sure what he was saying, I was trying to get [McGregor manager] Audie's attention," Malignaggi said. "I was trying to talk to Audie. Audie was saying 'You talked out of your contract.' I said 'You know I didn't talk out of my contract.' You guys posted pictures, you forced me to defend myself."
"I didn't talk anything until you guys posted pictures. Pictures were what all started the talking. So nobody talked out of the contract. You guys posted the pictures first. If there were no pictures posted, I wouldn't have needed to talk. I don't need to go find reporters to talk to. I don't need to talk to the media."
"I don't know what Conor did because I was trying to talk to Audie," Paulie continued. "Conor was probably saying typical s**t, like, 'You got your ass whipped.' So I rewinded him, 'Did you bring your balls this week?' Because usually you forgot them against Diaz, you tend to forget them when s**t gets tough. Make sure you brought his balls Saturday, he's going to need them Saturday. Make sure he doesn't forget them in Ireland, in the training camp house."
"You gotta bring them Saturday. You gotta pack your gloves, you gotta pack your shoes, you gotta pack your cup, and you gotta pack your balls, too. He tends to forget those."
It certainly seems like Paulie Malignaggi isn't interested in letting his feud with McGregor slip into obscurity. Another encounter or three like this and he just might convince Conor to fight him in boxing after the Mayweather fight. Considering how much more money there is to be made boxing, and the lack of flash most lightweight contenders in the UFC are exhibiting, it wouldn't be all that surprising.