Jake Paul Makes a Shocking Admission Regarding Conor McGregor

Published 02/11/2021, 10:30 AM EST
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – FEBRUARY 03: Conor McGregor and Conor McGregor Jr. attend Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Controversial YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul, has admitted his respect for Conor McGregor. The social-media sensation has finally put his trash-talk aside to explain why he has respect for the UFC superstar.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on against AnEsonGib during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

This will come as a surprise to many, as Jake Paul has called out the former UFC double champ on multiple occasions. He has gone to extreme measures to get his attention and even ridiculed him for his latest loss at UFC 257.

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However, speaking to ESNEWS on YouTube, Paul took a different line. He said, “Yo, I talk sh*t to Conor, but at the end of the day, I respect him. I respect what he’s built. I respect who he is, and he changed the game for every fighter in the future.”

Respecting a fighter like McGregor is no surprise, as he is one of the most successful personalities in the fight game. He has built up his superstardom in the sport on the back of years of hard work. Therefore, despite the controversial moments, he is still one of the most revered fighters.

However, these words coming from Jake Paul may surprise fans.

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Was it all an act from Jake Paul directed at Conor McGregor?

These words will push critics to believe that it was all an act from the internet sensation. While Jake had no reason to dislike McGregor, the comments he had made about the former champion certainly showed he had no respect for him.

His turn could also be a result of the criticism that has come his way from everyone in the sport. Moreover, if his antics were an act to get a reaction from ‘The Notorious’ he failed at that as well. McGregor acknowledged none of the call-outs and only referred to him as a ‘YouTube Kid’.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul celebrates with his brother, Logan, after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

As he prepares to fight Ben Askren on April 17, fans will hope that these comments will mark the end of the call-outs to Conor McGregor. However, with ‘The Problem Child’ building his fanbase as an entertainer, he will probably still trash-talk the former champion as trash-talking has become an integral part of the sport. 

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What do you make of these comments from Jake Paul? 

READ: Jake Paul vs Logan Paul: Who is the Better Boxer?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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