UFC News: Ex-Boxing Champ Paulie Malignaggi Explains Why Conor McGregor Will Get Beat Up in Boxing

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 01/05/17 12:35AM EST

One of the biggest rumors for 2016 was the apparent intent of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor to transition into boxing.

In early December, "The Notorious" was able to procure a boxing license in the state of California, and his team is intending to get licenses in the other US states, as well. As expected, the initial idea was scoffed at by many, particularly those in the boxing world.

Apart from Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the more notable names to comment on McGregor was former world boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi. In a mid-December interview with Fight Hype (via BloodyElbow), "Magic Man" belittled McGregor's boxing skills, saying he would "laugh his way through" a fight with the brash Irishman.

"I think he gets beaten in the New York City Golden Gloves, so the fact that you would put a guy that probably can't even win the New York City Golden Gloves against the best fighter in the sport is almost laughable," Malignaggi said.

Unbeknownst to many, McGregor did begin his fighting career during his teen years, joining local amateur boxing matches. But even so, Malignaggi believes it would not be enough for the 28-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, if he really intends to make it as a boxer.

"If Conor McGregor intends on winning a fight, he probably can't fight anybody that knows how to box, even relatively speaking," Malignaggi said in a recent report by Boxingscene.com.

McGregor managed to stir up some noise when he was pitted against retired undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. While nothing ever came to fruition between the two, McGregor recently stipulated that he would only take a fight against "Money May" for $100 million, outside of boxing rules.

Most fans believe that such a figure is McGregor's way of creating more buzz around the already talked about fight. But for Malignaggi, it is the UFC star's way to ensure himself a big payday, given the risk and amount of a beating he would be facing.

"The only way he'll take a risk in boxing is if it's a $100M risk," Malignaggi said.
"You may take a beating, but it's worth it because of the money you're doing it for."

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