Conor McGregor pre-fight conference calls have always been a must-listen, so of course you can’t miss the audio from today’s May/Mac call. In less than two weeks, McGregor will step into the ring and box Floyd Mayweather. However, it’s that other boxer that keeps creeping into the conversation. After ‘knocking down’ Paul Malignaggi in sparring and Dana White leaking the footage out of spite, he’s so pissed off he actually wants to box McGregor for real. Would McGregor be down for that? Ariel Helwani asked the (potentially multi) million dollar question to McGregor on the media call, of course his answer wasn’t surprising.
“Tell him to shut his mouth and join the queue, for fuck sakes mate. He got his ass whoop and took to sprinting.” – McGregor on Malignaggi 😂
— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) August 16, 2017
Did we mention that Conor McGregor busted out laughing when told Malignaggi wants to box him? Once again, Conor McGregor has a blank fight calendar that allows him to write whatever name he wants in there. Even with a loss to Mayweather, McGregor could come back and fight the champion of three different divisions in the UFC, Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz, or decide to box again against Paul Malignaggi. Dana White said later on the call that McGregor told him he intends to fight in the UFC before the end of the year, but we all know McGregor calls that shot. If he sees something shinier in the corner of his eye away from the steel cage of the Octagon, then chances are he runs after that instead.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/16/2017.