McGregor was set to fight Pacquiao but previous negotiations broke down, and now Pacquiao’s conditioning coach has urged the Irishman to take on ‘Logan Paul for the money’ upon his return from a broken leg injury
Conor McGregor has been urged to fight Logan Paul ‘for the money’ rather than Manny Pacquiao by the Filipino’s strength and conditioning coach.
McGregor was in talks to face Pacquiao before the coronavirus pandemic in a huge crossover event in the boxing ring, but negotiations broke down after the Irishman was beaten by Dustin Poirier.
McGregor is now recovering from a broken leg injury he suffered in his second defeat by Poirier, as he ponders his next move.
And Pacquiao’s coach Justin Fortune has urged the Irish star to cash in and opt for an exhibition clash with Logan Paul.
“Fight Logan Paul for the money, big guy, deserves it. I like Logan Paul, he’s got some skills,” he told DAZN.
“These exhibitions are great for the guys on YouTube who are making a lot of money. But it’s all good until someone gets hurt.
“At the moment they’re making tons of money and no-one is getting hurt, and that’s all well and good, but if they start fighting serious guys – someone is going to get seriously hurt.”
McGregor has been also been linked with Paul’s brother Jake, who has mocked the Irishman labelling his ‘fall from grace’ as ’embarrassing and sad’.
However the 33-year-old has revealed his plans to still return to the UFC, and has cited UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman as a potential opponent in a bid to gain a world title at a third-weight.
These attempts to secure a fight with the Nigerian have been backed by former UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier who believes the fight ‘makes sense’.
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“Any person with a brain would do that. Usman fought against (Jorge) Masvidal on 7 days (7 days’ notice) when Masvidal had all the hype right? When he (Masvidal) had been knocking everybody out, got on the plane, stopped in Italy for the pizza – did all that whole thing.
“And he (Usman) sold more pay-per-views than he’s ever sold in his life. Then he (Usman) fought him again, right?
“But he fought him again after fighting Gilbert Burns – And (after) seeing the difference in a pay-per-view against a guy that is a very difficult fight but may not have the name and a guy that is an easier fight but has a massive name.”
McGregor has been advised to avoid a fourth fight with recent opponent Poirier, despite UFC Dana White previously claiming that a further meeting could occur between the pair.
With Jorge Masvidal also a long-term linked potential opponent, McGregor has been backed to make a bid for the American’s BMF belt upon his return, to which ‘Gamebred’ responded labelling the Irish star as ‘too little and fragile’.