Conor McGregor’s Ex-Training Partner Banks on Jake Paul to Beat ‘The Notorious’

Published 04/23/2021, 5:00 PM EDT


‘The Problem Child’ Jake Paul has stirred the combat sports world over the past few months. He principally broke into the news headlines after he scored a victory over ex-NBA star Nate Robinson in November 2020. Post that fight, he called out the biggest UFC star of all time, Conor McGregor, and a few more MMA stars from his hit list.

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In fact, he desperately called ‘The Notorious’ for a whopping $50 million fight. Despite the Irishman not paying any attention to Paul’s antics, the latter’s ultimate aim lies in confronting him at least once.

Recently, the former boxer and McGregor’s training partner, Paulie Malignaggi, was in a chat with SnowQueenLa. Here he gave an astonishing take on Jake Paul vs Conor McGregor matchup in boxing.

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“I pick Paul over McGregor yaa, if they would fight right now… The one question mark I have about Paul before all that is how he keeps his emotions in check. Now you’re fighting a fighter and not a basketball player or a YouTuber,” he said.

Paul recently beat the former UFC welterweight Ben Askren in just the first round of the fight. He showcased his exemplary skill sets coupled with his strong knockout power. Citing the same, Malignaggi feels Paul can produce similar results in a proficient boxing bout against ‘The Notorious’.

Jake Paul vs Conor McGregor – will it ever happen?

The former UFC double champ last stepped inside the octagon in January against Dustin Poirier. Here, the latter scored an upset, thus defeating McGregor by a sublime T/KO at UFC 257. Hence, as they are tied at 1-1, they will collide in a rematch in July.

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McGregor wants to claim his shot towards the lightweight title once again. And until and unless he gets his hands on the same, the Dubliner won’t root for any other fight.

That said, a boxing bout with Jake Paul seems in jeopardy as McGregor has a stacked fight plan already. However, the possibilities of this happening might still be on, but until then, ‘The Problem Child’ will have to take some other opponents.

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It’ll be interesting to see if this pair actually steps inside the ring to face each other. What do you think?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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