Paulie Malignaggi wants Conor McGregor showdown


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Paulie Malignaggi has confirmed that his representatives are currently negotiating with MMA star Conor McGregor over a potential boxing match between the pair.

Former two-weight world champion Malignaggi formed part of McGregor’s training team in the build-up to his fight with Floyd Mayweather on August 26, but he left the camp early after a well-documented row between the pair.

UFC lightweight champion McGregor had been expected to return to MMA following his fight with Mayweather, but Malignaggi has now confirmed that talks are ongoing regarding a potential boxing clash between himself and the Irishman.

“I know Al Haymon’s (Malignaggi’s adviser) talking to Dana White (UFC president). If they want the fight, they’ll make it,” Malignaggi told FightHype.

“I don’t need to do all of that because Al Haymon makes anything he wants happen, happen.”

Malignaggi believes the fight is the obvious option for McGregor, as it will be both financially profitable and give him more exposure in boxing.

“This fight will pay him more, this fight will get him more exposure – this fight is a bigger fight than anything else he has,” Malignaggi added.

“There’s no more Mayweather fight, this is the biggest fight there is.”

Malignaggi has not fought professionally since being knocked out by Britain’s Sam Eggington in March, but he has won 36 of his 44 fights since turning professional in 2001.

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