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Former world champ quits McGregor camp after leaked sparring photos

Paulie Malignaggi pictured after this week's sparring session (image via @bokamotoESPN)
Paulie Malignaggi pictured after this week's sparring session (image via @bokamotoESPN)

Former WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi has quit Conor McGregor's camp as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26.

The American, who also acts as a boxing analyst on Showtime, has engaged in two sparring sessions with the Crumlin fighter.

The former two-weight world champion posted a message on Instagram last night to say that he was no longer going to be a part of McGregor's preparations.

Malignaggi came to the decision after photos were leaked showing him under pressure on the ropes and lying on the canvas during the 12 rounds of sparring.

His message read: "I just wanted to clear the air. I am leaving the McGregor training camp today. I came with best intentions & intended to help out. Just the chance to be part of such a big event in this capacity excited me.

"I believe Conor & I have a mutual respect inside the ring, earned from each other with some good work over 2 sparring sessions. It's some of the stuff outside the ring and some ways some things were handled in training camp that I didn't agree with that made me come to this decision.

"It's not my place to dictate terms in a training camp that is not mine, but it's my place to decide if I I want to be a part of it. I will not give away anything tactical that I saw in 2 sparring sessions with Conor. For what it's worth, they have my word.

"The things that upset me though I will speak about in time. I wish team McGregor well in the rest of their preparations and look forward to being back in Vegas to work fight week on Showtime."

Malignaggi also took to Twitter to dispute the pictures that appeared online.