Over a month has passed since the super fight between two giants of combat sport took place in Nevada, with Floyd Mayweather outlasting Conor McGregor to continue his undefeated streak and bowing out on a high.
However, the animosity that surfaced during the build-up of the fight in late August, involving McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi is far from over.
The former American star was hired by the Irishman as his sparring partner, an association that was shortlived, with Malignaggi leaving the camp after UFC chief Dana White and McGregor released a video appearing to show him knocked down.
Since then, the duo's rivalry often overshadowed McGregor's main feud with Mayweather.
McGregor's head trainer, John Kavanagh, has recently revealed Canelo Alvarez is a potential opponent of his client for the upcoming year, which has garnered exactly the kind of reaction you would expect from Malignaggi himself.
The former two-division world champion has laughed at the prospect and declared the bout might conclude with McGregor ending up in hospital.
The UFC champion, however, has given an open challenge to Malignaggi to fight him in the Octagon, although the American is reluctant to do so.
Speaking on the subject, Malignaggi said: “If he's a man, he has to box me, he talked a lot about our boxing. If it was as easy as he says, he needs to go in and box with me," as per Boxing Scene.
“He can't say it was easy, and then say he wants to fight but it can't be boxing.”
He also advised McGregor make a reservation in the hospital should a clahs against Canelo come to fruition.
He added: “McGregor likes to have his name out there, he's a person who likes people to talk, to have people write things about him, he's an egomaniac - but if he's talking about Canelo, he has to book a hospital room for two or three weeks, because when he loses it they will take him directly to that reserved room.
“This is not a regular fight, McGregor will get killed in that fight.”
Alvarez recently fought Gennady Golovkin – ending in a draw and is set to exercise his rematch clause for a date in 2018.
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