Conor McGregor is once again making all the headlines in the fighting world, after he fulfils his UFC obligations on January 23 he could make a return to the boxing ring. Here, we take a look at the top five boxing matches he could have.
McGregor v Pacquiao
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Even before McGregor has stepped into the Octagon against Dustin Poirier, all eyes are focused on what the outspoken Irishman will do next.
McGregor has retired from the UFC more times than I care to remember, and I honestly think as long as the pay checks are there he will continue to fight. His next big fight might well be away from the Octagon as he once again tries his hand at the ‘sweet science’.
The UFC star has been told that he would only need to beat one ranked fighter to be considered for a title shot. McGregor wants to leave a lasting legacy on all combat sports, and his next target could not be any bigger in terms of super stardom.
Manny Pacquiao is being lined up as a potential opponent for McGregor. This would once again be a mammoth task for the Irishman – similar to when he fought Mayweather – but McGregor doesn’t do things by half. If he wants to be the best, he knows he will have to face the best.
McGregor v Malignaggi
I would love to see Conor McGregor back inside a boxing ring, but only if it is against Paulie Malignaggi. It is safe to say that these two do not like each other one little bit.
Their bad blood goes back all the way to 2017 before McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather. Malignaggi joined McGregor’s training camp and had a few sparring sessions until their relatiuonship soured.
McGregor’s camp released footage of the Irishman sending Malignaggi to the canvas, something the boxer did not take kindly to. He ended up storming out and has spent the next three and half years badmouthing McGregor at any given opportunity.
He has labelled McGregor a ‘bum’ and has stated ‘he cannot fight for s***.’ So in the words of Harry Hill: “Who is better? There’s only one way to find out: FIGHT!”
McGregor v Mayweather Jr 2
Believe it or not, but Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather do have one thing in common. They both like to make loads of money.
There is always talk on whether or not Floyd Mayweather will make a return to the ring. If McGregor continues to pursue his dream of being a boxer, then it won’t be long until Mayweather wants a piece of the pie.
If McGregor intends to make millions of dollars fighting, then Mayweather will want the same kind of publicity. And to do that, he would have to lace his gloves up and square off against the Irishman once again.
McGregor v Khan
Amir Khan is a little similar to McGregor and Mayweather – no, not when it comes to their fighting abilities, but they fact he cannot stay out of the spotlight.
Khan comes across as an attention seeker, and the way he has kept boxing fans guessing on whether or not he will ever fight British rival Kell Brook, has seen his popularity decline.
It looks like Khan versus Brook will never happen, but many boxing fans would love to see Khan get his head punched off, and if it happens to be from McGregor, I still think they will take it.
Before McGregor fought Mayweather, Khan said boxing would be over if McGregor won, and even he would go to Ireland and fight him. Obviously, McGregor lost, and it would be interesting to see if Khan will put his money where his mouth is. I’m sure if the price is right, Khan will take it.
McGregor v Jake Paul
A lot of people would love to see this fight for different reasons. Jake Paul is a You Tuber with a big mouth, and sooner or later that mouth will get him into trouble.
Paul, who has a 2-0 professional fighting record, has infuriated fans by the way he has called out McGregor in recent weeks. He has taunted the Irishman, insulted his wife and even thrown water balloons at Dillon Danis.
Whether or not the 23-year-old wants McGregor in a boxing ring or the Octagon remains to be seen, but it is safe to say there will be plenty of interest in this one, if not to see how much punishment the American can really take.