Conor McGregor has taken a swipe at YouTube star turned boxer Jake Paul, labelling him a “nobody” following Paul’s comments saying a fight has “got to happen” between the pair.
Paul has been obsessing over a bout with the Irish MMA star ever since he diverted away from his internet career to pursue boxing on a full-time basis. The American, who is fighting Hasim Rahman Jr next month after his long-awaited bout with Tommy Fury was cancelled again, believes a fight between the pair is edging closer.
"I think for me fighting a couple more times, continuing to knock some people out... He has to get active again, who knows when that's going to happen,” Paul said on The MMA Hour about a potential clash with McGregor.
“Those things need to happen again, so I think those two things need to happen then at some point it's got to happen, why not. He's a businessman, I'm a businessman. That's $75 to $100million for both of us."
The Irishman then responded to Paul's comments by replying: "You’ve [had] two fights and done 70k buys. You are a flop, kid. A nobody," Reports stated that Paul's last fight against Tyron Woodley only did 65,000 pay-per-view buys, but the 25-year-old later responded to the figure as “bull****” whilst claiming his first fight against Woodley sold over 500,000.
McGregor is a former dual-weight UFC champion – the first fighter to have ever held that status in the mixed martial arts promotion. The 33-year-old has boxed once professionally, losing to Floyd Mayweather via stoppage in 2017.
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