A potential curveball has been thrown into the future of Conor McGregor.
There’s always been uncertainty over the Irishman’s next move since his rise to super-stardom. Title shots, rematches and even boxing debuts have occurred involving McGregor over the past few years.
But following a crushing defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov last month, he posted a statement accepting that an immediate rematch may not be the best course of action, and that he was willing to rejoin the shark tank of contenders in the UFC lightweight division.
This return to normality is threatened by McGregor’s sheer star power however, and a blast from the past might yet yield a lucrative avenue.
Paulie Malignaggi was present for the weigh-in between Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk on Friday, and was told by IFL TV’s Kugan Cassius that the fight’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, wanted to make a fight between him and the man that has been the bane of his existence for 15 months.
Hearn himself showed up to confirm that talks between him and McGregor’s camp had begun.
“I did say it to him (Malignaggi) this morning, I’d love to do it!”, Hearn stated.
“DAZN would pay a lot of money for that fight. I said it to Conor McGregor’s guys I’m going to float them the numbers to them see what they think. Why not?
As I said to Conor McGregor’s guys, maybe he can beat Paulie Malignaggi, I don’t know. I don’t think he beats Khabib. He has been living a good life since he has been retired, so you never know how he’ll be coming back. But I’ll say one thing, it is a good fight.”
Then being the veteran that he has quickly become, Hearn stoked the flames with Malignaggi, referring to the infamous sparring footage that showed Paulie being dropped by the boxing novice.
“It is a good fight. Didn’t he drop you in sparring? As far as I’m concerned he knocked you out in sparring! We need to make this as big as possible.”
Hearn and McGregor recently met at Katie Taylor’s recent fight in Boston.