Paulie Malignaggi challenges Conor Mcgregor to a ‘winner-takes-all’ boxing fight

Paulie Malignaggi has thrown down the gauntlet to Conor McGregor by challenging him to a ‘winner-takes-all’ boxing fight and vowed to ‘beat him to a pulp’ should the UFC star accept.

Malignaggi’s ill will towards McGregor has been bubbling ever since footage was leaked of him being floored by the Irishman during his training camp for the money-spinning crossover fight against Floyd Mayweather.

The pair have both expressed a desire to settle their differences either in the ring or the octagon but a potential grudge match between the pair still appears some way off with McGregor considering his options after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov last year.

That however, has not stopped retired boxer Malignaggi from reigniting their rivalry and again trying to tempt McGregor into a dust-up in the ring.

‘There’s no other fight he can make that he makes more money than he does fighting me – the problem is, he gets beaten by me,’ he told Off The Ball.    

‘[Eddie] Hearn can easily put the fight together, [Al] Haymon can easily put the fight together, Showtime have said they’d be interested in it – I don’t think it’s a no-brainer at this point. I don’t think it’d any secret at this point – there’s money in the fight. 

‘I would love to fight Conor McGregor in a winner-takes-all fight in a boxing match, I would absolutely love it because I would beat him to a pulp, I would hospitalise him and I’d make him go home broke too.’ 

The American has also slammed McGregor for calling out Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, who was comprehensively beaten by Mayweather in an exhibition boxing bout in Japan on New Year’s Eve.

‘In boxing I’d be interested in it – I’d love to do a winner-takes-all fight just so he can go for free but I don’t think he’d ever agree to that. 

He added: ‘McGregor’s trying all that he can to keep himself relevant as best he can – even going as far as calling out the Japanese featherweight Nasukawa. That guy just did an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather – I don’t think he was intending to fight guys as big as Floyd and Conor, that physically big – he’s a very small guy. It was a one-off situation. Conor’s not the same – he’s not Floyd Mayweather.

‘Floyd Mayweather doesn’t lose – Conor loses every year. So I think Conor twisted up the roles a little bit. He got a bit confused – he forget he was Conor ‘McQuitter’ and thought he was Floyd Mayweather for a second where he could just walk into the free money. Guys like Floyd earn that kind of thing.

‘In truth, he’s trying to look for free money because he knows that his time at the top is coming to an end.’

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