UFC champion Conor McGregor is having the time of his life. He’s avenged his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 202. Last month, he also beat Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight championship.
On Wednesday, despite his failure to acquire a boxing license in Nevada, the Irishman was eventually granted one in California.
Conor McGregor crosses over to boxing
It is one thing to acquire a boxing license, and another to actually step inside the ring. Pundits believe any journeyman boxer would rip McGregor apart.
“He got a license today and a federal ID,” California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster said in a report by the Mirror. “He’s a California boxer now. He’s qualified.
One boxer who’s taken notice of this update is former world champion Paulie Malignaggi. He tweeted, “If the Floyd talk is serious you gotta test the waters against a decently recognizable [and] respectable name right? My team’s phone will be on.”
Malignaggi may have stepped down from fighting top opposition at this point in his career, but his overall skills, movement, and peppering style- a poor man’s Floyd Mayweather, so to speak, may prove too much for Conor McGregor at his peak.
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Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather dream match
This has been in the rumor for some time. Now that Conor McGregor finally has a boxing license, fight fans see it as a step closer to Floyd Mayweather.
But Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe says it isn’t so.
“He got a boxing license. Congratulations to him. Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to, but he has a boss, and his name is (UFC president) Dana White. He is under contract to the UFC, and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can’t because his bosses wouldn’t allow that to happen,” Ellerbe said in a report by USA Today.
“They would never — and put this in bold caps — let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”
“What McGregor is attempting to do is take a page out of Floyd’s book from the marketing and promotional side by using his name. The quickest way to become famous is to align yourself with another famous person, and he’s done a good job of that.”
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