Conor McGregor Gives His Take on Jake Paul and YouTube Boxing: ‘I’m Not Against It’

Published 01/16/2021, 3:02 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Conor McGregor speaks at the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York, NY. McGregor will face UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event on October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC superstar Conor McGregor has voiced his opinion on YouTuber turned professional boxer, Jake Paul. He labeled him a ‘YouTube Kid’ and spoke about his second professional fight. However, his response may raise a few eyebrows in the sport.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229; at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6; at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jake Paul fought former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr; which was also something McGregor spoke about. Following his victory, Jake has tried to bait the Irishman into a fight. Now McGregor finally gave his take.

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In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg Markets and Finance on YouTube, ‘The Notorious’ spoke about the whole escapade.

 About YouTube boxing, he said, “You know, if they are fighting, then they can’t make a mockery of fighting, right? They’re getting in and they’re competing, you know. I am not so much against it.”

This will surprise many since the Irishman is often critical of such ‘fake-fights’ like when he reacted to Floyd Mayweather’s fight against Tenshin Nasukawa. However, he said that the numbers that the event generated were because two ‘GOATS’ of the sport were competing.

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Conor McGregor says he is certainly a viewer for such fights

The super-star admitted that they did good business and spoke about the event. However, regarding his involvement, he said, “Am I into those competitions?… you know, it’s not the most high-level, if any level at that stage.”

‘The Notorious’ did credit both Tyson and Roy Jones Jr for putting on a ‘high-level’ performance at their age. He said they fought amazingly in what was an interesting concept and gave his take on such events.

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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)

“I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

Therefore, McGregor may not be interested in competing in such events at the moment. However, unlike most combat sports fans, he is in favor of watching them. What do you make of these comments? Do you think Conor McGregor will entertain an exhibition against Jake Paul?

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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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