Paulie Malignaggi called out UFC start Conor McGregor last week saying he wanted to fight him in the boxing ring. Malignaggi took issue with the way that the 28-year-old McGregor called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a fight without having had any experience fighting anyone else.
The 26-year-old Malignaggi then said he wanted to fight him. Unfortunately for Malignaggi, McGregor didn’t react too well to being called out by him, because he had a few choice words to say to him.
McGregor said this to ESPN.com about Malignaggi:
“Who the [expletive is that guy?” McGregor said about Malignaggi. “I don’t know who the [expletive] that is, but I’ll slap the nose off him if he ever mentions my name again.”
Malignaggi doesn’t like how McGregor is trying to talk his way into a fight against Mayweather rather than earning his stripes in the boxing ring like normal fighters do. McGregor has never fought before in the sport. He would be entering the ring against Mayweather with a 0-0 record if the fight was sanctioned by one of the states in the U.S, and that’s a big if.
“I know you apologize about absolutely [expletive] nothing, but after I am done with you, I am going to know the beat off you, homie. You are going to be apologizing for everything you have been trying to do to get in the boxing ring,” said Malignaggi.
Malignaggi would likely beat McGregor quite easily if given the chance. However, McGregor is obviously looking for the big money, which is why he’s selected Mayweather out. It would make more sense for McGregor to challenge a fighter that is currently still fighting in the boxing world like middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin or WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
Those guys at least are still fighting. The thing is, they’re not huge money fights. McGregor would still make good money fighting them, but it would be nowhere near the kind of money he could make fighting Mayweather. Hence, that’s the reason why McGregor is calling out Mayweather. It’s a big money fight for him, and he wouldn’t take as much criticism losing to Mayweather that he would in losing to Malignaggi, who is clearly past his best. McGregor wouldn’t take too much heat for losing to Golovkin or Saul Canelo Alvarez, but he wouldn’t make the kind of big money fighting them like he would against Mayweather.
I think other MMA fighters are going to follow McGregor’s lead and start calling out top boxers in order to take their fans from them. I don’t see it as a serious thing where they actually believe they can get a fight against stars like Mayweather. I see it as a strategy to get the boxing fans of the top fighters to start watching their fights on PPV. Personally, I’ve seen McGregor fight on Youtube, and I’m not interested in watching him on PPV. It’s too boring. The fights are one-sided with McGregor fighting a guy that doesn’t know how to throw punches. I’d rather watch skilled fighters in the boxing world than a couple of clumsy looking wrestlers throw amateur looking punches. The results of their fights bore me.