At this point, if Conor McGregor says he wants to fight Abraham Lincoln, you better believe promoters will do whatever they can to set that fight up. That’s just the way it is now, what with McGregor a transcendent star who makes oodles of money for whoever he ordains with a bout agreement.
Well, apparently the Irish superstar mentioned something about fighting one-time boxing sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi in the MMA cage – if you’ll recall, Malignaggi was brought in during McGregor’s camp for Floyd Mayweather, and things got ugly. I don’t know how realistic this fight idea is, but when McGregor speaks…
Here’s MMAFighting with the scoop:
Many believed that Malignaggi was looking to set himself up for a fight with McGregor, and according to his head coach John Kavanagh, the UFC lightweight champion wanted to face the former boxing champion in the Octagon.
“Conor wanted that,” Kavanagh told Mike Sheridan at the launch of the Original Penguin AW17 collection in Dublin on Wednesday night.
“He said to me, ‘Let’s get him in the Octagon’, and I said that there was no way that he would fight in MMA. You’ve got to be able to prove yourself in the arena.
“When Conor wanted a boxing license they could look at the Diaz 2 fight where there was more or less 25 minutes of boxing. Why would Paulie go to MMA? He’d never go to MMA.
“Now, Conor could tweet now and say ‘I’m fighting Paulie Malignaggi’, and I guess I would be wrong then.”