Paulie Malignaggi has denied that he is in negotiations with UFC star Conor McGregor over a potential boxing match, talkSPORT report.
The former two-weight world boxing champion helped ‘The Notorious’ ahead of his boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, however, the American and Irishman failed to see eye to eye.
The pair have since become enemies after originally sparring together 18 months ago, with rumours circling over a meeting inside the boxing ring in 2019.
However, Malignaggi, 38, has dismissed rumours that the pair were in negotiations over a proposed fight and explained how the rumours may have started.
When asked if they would settle their differences inside the ring, Malignaggi said:
Of course, Conor is the king of bulls*** so I would not be surprised if this is Conor having his team put out rumours just to keep his name in the headlines.
Yesterday, Tenshin Nasukawa shut him down by telling him he needs to make 58 kilos for a fight. Now suddenly, the next day, he is in another headline negotiating?
I assure you he will never fight me.
McGregor, who recently became a father for a second time, is now expected to return to the UFC this year, following his dramatic defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October.
UFC boss Dana White also admitted in recent weeks that a rematch between McGregor and Nurmagomedov ‘should happen’ this year.