UFC champion Conor McGregor spoke out regarding his possible transition to boxing after receiving a license in the State of California.
At an appearance at The Devenish in Belfast, McGregor addressed a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a recent call out by ex-two weight world title holder Paulie Malignaggi, who told WBN he’s interested in fighting the MMA star.
McGregor has long been rebuffed by Mayweather as the boxing legend remains retired, although ‘The Notorious’ had some strong words for the former pound for pound king – and Malignaggi into the bargain.
“If I focus with the work ethic I have solely on the sport of boxing, there’s no telling what I could do,” McGregor told the crowd on his possible crossover before sending a warning to Mayweather: “I would not go in there just to show up, I’d go in there to knock (Mayweather) out. That’s it.
“He can be hit, he’s been hit before. Age waits for no man. I know the size is on my side, I know the reach is on my side, I know the youth is on my side.”
On Malignaggi, McGregor added: “Who the f*** is that guy?
“I don’t know who the f*** that is but I’ll slap the nose off him if he ever mentions my name again.”
With little boxing experience since his youth days as an Ireland amateur, McGregor has to start somewhere in the sport, and facing a former world champion (like Malignaggi) would certainly be the route to take.