McGregor crossed over from MMA to boxing. in what looks to be a one-off showpiece against the former pound for pound king, and is yet to formally announce his next move.
With his UFC title in jeopardy due to failure to defend against Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson, McGregor could soon be without a championship.
In boxing, ‘The Notorious’ has been linked to fighting Malignaggi himself after the pair shared infamous sparring sessions in the build-up to Mayweather, whilst Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya have both mentioned McGregor’s name for bouts of their own.
‘The Magic Man’ believes whatever route McGregor eventually decides on, the only option which doesn’t mean a loss would be retirement.
“Conor wants to fight, he’s an egomaniac,” Malignaggi told FightHype.com
“But Conor is still a b**** at heart. Where he looks at it, he’s going to see Khabib and Tony Ferguson, ‘s***, that’s an ass whooping.’ Anybody in boxing is an ass whooping. ‘Any door I open I’m getting my ass whooped.’”
“Everybody waiting for you is gonna beat the living s*** out of you,” he continued. “Including me, Pacquiao, Oscar can come out of retirement and beat the s*** out of you. Khabib is gonna beat the s*** out of you, Ferguson is gonna beat the s*** out of you.
“Just fight off (any comeback). Just fight it off, you p***y. You’re not even going out on top because you got your ass whooped the last fight, and you got your ass whooped two fights ago in the UFC as well.
“You’re not even going out on top, but give the perception that you’re going out on top. Because enough people perceive that you’re going out on top, so just leave with that perception. Do yourself a favor,” he added.
Counting his nine-figure paycheck from battling Mayweather seems to be keeping the Irishman busy in the meantime, whilst a further option of moving up in weight to challenge for another UFC belt could also be a consideration for McGregor.