CONOR McGREGOR’S coach John Kavanagh has revealed that the Irish superstar wanted to fight Paulie Malignaggi – inside the octagon.
Malignaggi had helped McGregor prepare for his multi-million dollar Las Vegas bout, but was left furious with claims he was knocked down by the UFC star.
The Magic Man then confronted McGregor after he arrived in Nevada – almost sparking a brawl in the street.
And Kavanagh has now said that McGregor was up for fighting his rival… but inside the octagon rather than the boxing ring.
He said: “Conor wanted that.
“He said to me, ‘Let’s get him in the Octagon’, and I said that there was no way that he would fight in MMA.
“You’ve got to be able to prove yourself in the arena.
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“When Conor wanted a boxing license they could look at the Diaz Two fight where there was more or less 25 minutes of boxing.
“Why would Paulie go to MMA? He’d never go to MMA.”
Kavanagh also said that the Irishman’s camp released images of Malignaggi being ‘knocked out’ because the New Yorker was running his mouth.
Kavanagh added: “It wasn’t just general stuff explaining how he was part of the camp.
“He had to go back to New York to do some promotion for the Andre Ward fight, and straightaway he was disrespecting (McGregor’s) power.
“He was saying this and that, and I was thinking, ‘What are you doing, you have to come back here and spar Conor in seven days?’.
“This guy is a former world champion, he should know that you should keep your mouth shut until the fight is over – then write a book, then do fifty interviews.
“That would have been no problem, we would have no issue with that.
“But you can’t go the next day and the day after that and the day after that, and start giving away ideas we have.
“That’s what threw me off, he wasn’t acting like a professional.”