Conor McGregor is gearing up to swap the octagon for the squared circle in 2017 as the UFC champion nears a massive clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Despite being an MMA star, McGregor has been dismissed as a boxer by a plethora of current boxers, coaches and media personnel, as well as being called out by former world title holders since announcing his intention to cross codes.
Chris Van Heerden and Shane Mosley have both informed WBN of their availability following McGregor being granted a license to box in the State of California earlier late last year.
McGregor, 28, aims to leave his lofty perch in UFC to earn bigger paychecks in boxing, but there are plenty of options open to the Irishman instead of going straight into the deep end against Mayweather.
The general consensus McGregor needs to prove himself to earn a spot against the former pound for pound king is set to fall on deaf ears as money talks, although WBN have picked out the Top 10 alternatives for ‘The Notorious’, who may not be ready for Mayweather without a single boxing bout to his name.
*As all the current world champions are out of bounds due to rankings issues, the following list is compiled of those with Mayweather ties or a sellable rivalry.
10. Robert Guerrero – Firmly on the slide, Guerrero would represent that ex-Mayweather opponent McGregor is looking for without a big slice of the danger.
9. Frankie Gavin – As a former world amateur champion, Gavin would be a sound choice should McGregor want that English v Irish angle for his first boxing bout.
8. Shane Mosley – ‘Sugar Shane’ is currently in semi-retirement but told WBN he’d have no problem giving McGregor an ‘ass-whooping’ should the right offer come his way.
7. DeMarcus Corley – Still active into his 40’s, Corley has the Mayweather factor in his favor as well as 27 losses into the bargain.
6. Thomas Dulorme – Recently sharing rounds with Mayweather, Dulorme would provide a good test for McGregor.
5. Sam Eggington – The Briton recently halted Paulie Malignaggi, and with Eddie Hearn behind him, could put McGregor on the undercard of a huge fight at an English football Stadium in the late spring or summer.
4. Chris Van Heerden – Having sparred McGregor, Van Heerden is adamant he schooled the 28 year-old, which in itself would add extra spice to any meeting.
3. Ashley Theophane – A Mayweather-promoted fighter would be perfect for McGregor to get the fans’ juices flowing. Should McGregor defeat Theophane, Mayweather would then have the perfect excuse for revenge.
2. Andre Berto – As the last man to ever face Mayweather in the ring, Berto would be a sound choice to see where McGregor is at.
1. Amir Khan – Everything is rolled into one for a McGregor v Khan clash. The country rivalry, Mayweather and Pacquiao links, plus the vulnerability factor that McGregor is looking for with his huge left hand. A win over Khan would give McGregor some clout before embarking on what seems an impossible job against the best fighter of a generation.