Chael Sonnen: Nate Diaz Is Going To Fight Conor McGregor In December

Paulie Malignaggi Willing To Fight Conor McGregor For Free

He added: "Watching him at ringside last weekend in Las Vegas, he wasn't at his best against Conor McGregor, but he's 40 years of age, and to be honest, he didn't have to be at his best to win".

"They're giving more to McGregor, so it's not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd - I mean, a good two fighters".

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, leans to avoid a punch by Conor McGregor during the first round of their fight at T-Mobile Arena, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Boxing has always earned the most money from the most outspoken and polarizing athletes in the sports world.

Although McGregor, 29, had never officially participated in a pro boxing match, his striking skill in the UFC was the primary reason for his success, with knockouts or repeated knockdowns recorded against featherweight champion Jose Aldo, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and skilled MMA striker Nate Diaz. It's been rumored that since it's doubtful he could even gross ten-million dollars against any opponent in the UFC, he's approached President Dana White and wants a percentage of the company. But many predicted that the savagery of mixed martial arts would not stand a chance against the sweet science of boxing. McGregor is used to fighting five rounds at the very least - preparing for 12 rounds was a whole new beast.

"I'm willing to risk fighting him for free just to punch him in the mouth again, again and again", Malignaggi said on The MMA Hour. McGregor was out to prove that he is the best fighter in the world.

"It might not be this year or the year after that because there's a lot of money that you got to spend to get him in there", Jericho said.

As it turns out, that wasn't far off McGregor's game plan, as he went in early to try and knock out the undefeated former boxing champion. Fights like these, emotion-fueled wars between fighters with a strong media narrative, garner the most attention, and therefore money.

Although the Mayweather - McGregor bout is now in the books, Malignaggi continues to field questions about the latter. Unrest among UFC fighters and staff is especially salient as the UFC has been slashing budgets since its purchase by WME-IG a year ago. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event!

Canelo is now preparing to challenge Gennady Golovkin for his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight belts, in a fight that will headline an HBO pay-per-view event.

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