Footage of Conor McGregor knocking down former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather has caused further controversy.

Former IBF and WBA world champion Malignaggi left McGregor’s camp earlier in the month after a picture emerged showing him falling to the canvas during a session in Las Vegas.

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The 36-year-old denied he had been knocked down, suggesting instead that he had been shoved, but UFC chief Dana White posted the videos from the event and opinions are divided as to what actually happened.

White said: ‘Here is the video everyone wanted to see of Conor vs Paulie Malignaggi former IBF and WBA World Champion.’

Watch: The moment Conor McGregor knocks down Paulie Malignaggi causes further controversy
Conor McGregor was sparring with former WBA world welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi (Picture: Twitter)

But Malignaggi was quick to respond to the footage and says he dominated the session and was in fact pushed.

‘Course but that’s why they cut out the footage b4 u can hear Cortez say it,’ he said on Twitter. ‘Full 36 min footage will show Conor losing this session.’

Watch: The moment Conor McGregor knocks down Paulie Malignaggi causes further controversy
Malignaggi retired earlier in the year (Picture: Getty)

Explaining why he feels Malignaggi bailed as his sparring partner, McGregor said on Friday: ‘He tried his best, but he got his ass whopped.

‘Tell me how his face looked. Tell me how his temple looked. He was badly, badly concussed after those rounds. Badly rattled. He was flattened and knocked down. The ropes kept him up multiple times.

‘Sparring partners who were [staying] in the house with him were worried about him. They were ringing us, worried about him stumbling out of the car, incoherent.

‘I don’t know what happened. At the end of the day, we got in and traded blows, so I respect him for coming in. It didn’t go well for him. I don’t know why he sprinted out of there. His ego was dented.’

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