Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi has revealed that his team are in talks with Conor McGregor over a potential fight with the UFC star.
Malignaggi, 36, was brought in to spar the Irishman ahead of hiss historic showdown with Floyd Mayweather in August.
But the retired Brooklyn fighter left the camp and later called out McGregor after footage was leaked online purporting to show him being knocked down.
The 36-year-old was brought into to help the Irish UFC star prepare to face Floyd Mayweather
‘I know they’re speaking, so if they want the fight they’ll make it,’ the 36-year-old has claimed
Now Malignaggi has confirmed that his advisor Al Haymon is holding talks with UFC chief Dana White with a view to making the fight and securing the Irishman’s second venture into the squared circle.
‘I know Al Haymon’s talking to Dana White,’ Malignaggi told FightHype.com. ‘I know they’re speaking, so if they want the fight they’ll make it.’
‘Once I spoke to Al and Team Haymon, and they told me they wanted to make this fight, I knew that the only was this fight doesn’t happen is if (Conor) had absolutely no balls.’
Malignaggi, a former super lightweight and welterweight world champion, has not fought since losing to Britain’s Sam Eggington in London in March.
Malignaggi, 36, has not fought since losing to Britain’s Sam Eggington in London in March
The 36-year-old hung up his gloves after the O2 Arena defeat but has since vowed to come out of retirement to fight McGregor, whom he labelled an ‘outright pussy’.
The Irishman had looked set to return to the UFC after a nearly a year out of the Octagon, with rival Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson being touted as potential opponents for the ‘Notorious’. But Malignaggi claims he offers McGregor more money and profile than anyone else.
‘This fight will pay him more, this fight will get him more exposure, this fight is a bigger fight than anybody else he has. There’s no more Mayweather fight. This fight is the biggest fight there is.
‘So once they told me that, I knew the only way this doesn’t happen is if this guy has absolutely no balls. Which wouldn’t surprise me because he has no balls. But the way they’re going to present it to him, it’s going to be presented in a way where he really shouldn’t turn it down.’