Jake Paul says a Conor McGregor fight is closer to happening “than anyone thinks”

Conor McGregor, Jake Paul, Dana White

Jake Paul believes he will fight Conor McGregor within the next two years.

After Paul had a highlight-reel KO over Nate Robinson he called out several MMA fighters including McGregor. He began taking shots at the Irishman and on Saturday night, he will face Ben Askren, and many believe if he wins, he will call out McGregor again.

According to Paul, he is calling out MMA fighters for a reason as they will want to tune into his fights.

“I’m just having fun and trolling,” Paul said at media day (via MMAFighting). “I’ve sort of purposefully pitting the MMA community against me so they tune into this fight. It worked.”

Jake Paul, Ben Askren
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Although many doubt McGregor would box Jake Paul, the brash YouTuber doesn’t believe that is true. Instead, he thinks they are on a collision course and the fight will happen in the very near future.

“I think we both are on a road to each other,” Paul said about facing McGregor. “He wants another boxing fight. He wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. He would get toasted. He just keeps on taking Ls. So I think him fighting me would not only be his money fight, but it would technically be the easiest challenge, right? Fighting Jake Paul would probably be easier than fighting Manny Pacquiao and it would be just as big.

“I think we’re a lot closer to a Jake Paul-Conor McGregor fight than anyone thinks,” Paul continued. “I think it could happen in the next 24 months.”

In order for the fight to happen, Jake Paul knows McGregor needs to beat Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July. If he wins, the YouTuber turned boxer knows it would be a massive fight.

“Conor’s the big name,” Paul said. “He’s a A-list celebrity, and there are very few fighters who are A-list celebrities. So we’ll see what happens. I hope he wins against Dustin, I guess, so that the fight becomes more exciting.”

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