With the news, this week that Conor McGregor has received his California Boxing licence, a whole new batch of rumours have surfaced over who the former two-weight world champion might face. Of course, this is an MMA site, but for this article only, boxing will become the topic of focus.
Let’s start with the obvious, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. It’s been talked about for many months, with both fighters commenting on the potential of mega fight going down between the pair.
“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd Mayweather — I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for $180 million?”
Floyd’s last fight was a win over Andre Berto on September 12th, 2015, which moved his boxing record to 49-0 matching the great Rocky Marciano. However, many believe the retirement wasn’t all that genuine, with the somewhat egotistical Floyd seemingly content just match Rocky Marciano’s record, and not wanting to surpass it, opening the door to a potential comeback. Reasoning for Floyd to return would be solely money based, and with his last fight failing to attract much in the way of hype, the PPV numbers suffered, meaning so did his earnings, so a big name would be needed to generate the numbers he had with Manny Pacquiao, that’s where Conor would come in.
Perfect for Floyd, with a 0-0 boxing record, Floyd winning would be near-guaranteed (you would expect) and with Conor McGregor’s hype ability, Floyd would be able to sit back and watch his paycheck rise. A fight with a lot of money to be earned, you would imagine both parties would be up for the fight.
A former two-weight world champion as well, Paulie Malignaggi has recently made a stir commenting on the man in question and stating what he would do to the Notorious.
“I am going to knock the beard off you homie”
In a recent Q&A Conor replied to the callout in typical Conor fashion with his now signature catchphrase, “who the f*** is that guy”. However, a fight between the two would certainly be an intriguing affair. With Paulie’s best days certainly behind him, and with a few notable losses on his record, would this be a fight that suits them both?
If Conor was to build a boxing career, a win over a reputable fighter like Paulie Malignaggi would certainly set him on the right track, additionally as mentioned Paulie isn’t considered the threat he once was and may be a good fight for the hungry McGregor. For Paulie, as for every fighter, this is a great opportunity and one that could potentially relaunch his boxing career right back into the title picture, and of course, a nice payday to go along with the fight.
a fierce competitor, who like Paulie Malignaggi, appears to have his best days behind him, Amir Khan and Conor McGregor would have the potential to be a classic fight. With both fighters preferring to be the aggressor in the fight, the two’s styles may collide perfectly, with Conor’s wicked left hook, going up against the Khan’s overwhelming speed.
Khan is coming off a brutal knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez and needs a win to revamp his boxing career. Khan however may make the switch to MMA before Conor makes the switch to boxing, hinting at not only a switch to MMA but fighting Conor in an MMA fight as well.
“If I was to fight the champion around 147lb I would fancy my chances”
Khan also has a stake in the Indian MMA promotion Super Fight League, only adding fuel to the fire of a potential MMA switch for Khan. However, whilst an MMA fight between the pair, might not be too much of a contest, a boxing match would be certainly be expected to create fireworks.
A boxing run for Conor would defiantly be an intriguing one, as with everything Conor does these days, and with hundreds if not thousands of boxers lining up for a chance to face the Notorious one, his options are endless.
Who would you like to see Conor face? Let us know in the comments.