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McGregor 'cheap,' reliant on 'yes men,' says former sparring partner

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Paulie Malignaggi continues to unload on Conor McGregor since departing his camp.

Malignaggi, a welterweight boxer with 44 career fights, came aboard McGregor's team as a sparring partner to help the Irishman prepare for a bout with undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather, but left the team after he felt he was misrepresented in a series of photos.

He has since been critical of McGregor's abilities and practices and continued to rant on Monday.

"My problems (aren't) just with the sparring. My problem is the way he treats people, the way he treats the other sparring partners," Malignaggi said on a FOX5 interview, according to Anton Tabuena of Bloody Elbow. "He's on the bit on the cheap side. You have a hundred-million-dollar fight, you can splurge a little bit more on training camp, especially the way you treat the sparring partners and the living quarters."

Malignaggi previously expressed he was impressed with some of McGregor's skills, but warned he may not be able to evolve as a boxer due to his mindset.

"My problem with Conor is his arrogance. His arrogance is to the point that he can't make progress, he can't learn," he said, according to Tabuena. "He just wants a bunch of yes-men around him. He doesn't want to be told he's doing something wrong. He doesn't want to be told that he needs to make progress or change certain things.

"Whatever he's doing, he just wants to be told how great he's doing."

McGregor will enter the boxing ring against Mayweather on Aug. 26.

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