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Carl Frampton believes Conor McGregor will fight Paulie Malignaggi

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It has only been a couple of weeks since Conor McGregor faced off against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in what was a mega-money contest in Las Vegas. 

Having shown some early promise against the American veteran, Notorious was not able to keep up with the 40-year-old, eventually succumbing in the 10th round. 

Despite it being a fairly straightforward fight for Mayweather, the Irishman received plaudits for his performance from fans and celebrities alike, one of them being Carl Frampton. 

The two-weight world boxing champion believes that McGregor might not yet be done with boxing, and also hinted at a return against a familiar foe.

"I don't think [Conor will go back to MMA]," Frampton told US publication TMZ

“There’s more money in boxing. 

"I think he’ll fight Paulie Malignaggi, and on that performance, he would probably win.”

Pauli Malignaggi helped McGregor with sparring sessions in preparation for the Mayweather fight on Aug 26, but their relationship turned sour over time with both competitors claiming on social media that they got the better of the other during the sessions.

The 36-year-old American condemned the hostile environment he experienced during the sparring sessions, with the pair also engaging in public altercations.  

Therefore, a possible fight between the two could well be on the cards.

Frampton added: "He's better than I thought. He didn’t embarrass himself and he did well. He won the first three rounds in my eyes.

“Mayweather came on strong but it wasn’t his game. He kind of marched him down. It was a great performance. He gassed and his engine went but it’s his first fight.

“Most people in their first professional boxing match go four or six rounds - he did a 12-round bout against the greatest fighter of my generation.

“I’m impressed. He’s done himself proud.”

Many witnesses of the fight would agree with Frampton's statements above, as McGregor did seem to enjoy the better share of the first few rounds. 

Although, the American who is known to have a defensive stance started to adapt to his opponent's style and showed his class in the latter rounds. 

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Floyd Mayweather
Manny Pacquiao

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