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Bob Arum to Conor McGregor: If you’re serious about boxing, call me

Phil Jay 02/12/2016

📸 Chris Farina

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has called on Conor McGregor to get in touch after the UFC champion was granted a boxing license in the State of California.

McGregor, 28, has been linked with a cross-codes switch for some time now, having been embroiled in beef with Floyd Mayweather Jr. all year long.

In a move some believe may be a publicity stunt, ‘The Notorious’ applied for licenses to trade blows in both California and Las Vegas. Although California were accepting of McGregor’s advances, the Irishman was turned down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to an unpaid fine from his MMA fight with Nate Diaz.

Ex-world title holders Paulie Malignaggi and Chris Van Heerden have already offered their services to oppose McGregor in his first contest, whilst Arum is hopeful of bringing the outspoken puncher to his stable.

Arum recently signed fellow-Irishman and amateur standout Michael Conlan and is already planning some huge nights McGregor could conceivably be a part of should he take up the offer.

The likes of Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko are already on board with Arum, whilst the Filipino Senator would make an exceptional pay-per-view if McGregor can prove himself world-class in the next few months.

With most of his focus on Mayweather, Pacquiao could actually be the more realistic target for a huge boxing v MMA event in 2017.

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