Jake Paul Stole Conor McGregor’s Iconic Line in Broad Daylight and Nobody Noticed

Published 09/17/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul celebrates 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)


Jake Paul has always claimed to have no love for UFC’s biggest icon Conor McGregor, frequently calling out the Irishman for an in-ring scrap. However, several of Paul’s marketing techniques appear to be like those of McGregor’s.

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One of his recent antics was way too similar to McGregor’s iconic stance from 2017. While Jake Paul is now a common name in the boxing world, he didn’t fail to steal one of McGregor’s sensational lines.

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In 2017, Conor McGregor inaugurated the trend of crossover matchups by moving to the boxing world and taking on Floyd Mayweather. During the build-up to that fight, ‘Notorious’ threw several verbal barbs at his rival. On one occasion, he openly claimed “I am boxing”, while Floyd Mayweather was present in the presser with his team.

Paul, who has been successful so far in his boxing journey, touting a 4-0 clean record, altered his bio with McGregor’s line.

Jake Paul has also seen financial success in the ride and is undoubtedly one of the most famous faces for PPVs. Besides, Paul has bantered with some of the biggest names in the boxing world. This includes Canelo Alvarez and Gervonta Davis. However, for him to live up to that line, he will need to stay active and win.

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Is Jake Paul becoming the Conor McGregor of boxing?

McGregor, in the initial days of his UFC ride, was the most flamboyant fighter on the roster. He never shied away from belittling the other contenders, akin to what Jake Paul does now. Moreover, both men became successful, pretty early on in their respective journeys. Hence, Paul and McGregor can be compared under the marketing parameters.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Purely in combat, Conor McGregor has done way more spectacular things than Jake Paul. He is a two-division UFC champion, with KO wins in three different weight classes. Hence, it’s still early to compare both men as professional fighters.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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