Joe Cortez discusses possible future fight between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi

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It's the potential bout being muted that seems to be gathering big momentum.

When he made his in-ring debut in the world of boxing, UFC's Conor McGregor was never expected to really challenge one of boxing's greatest ever in Floyd Mayweather Jr.

However, the Irishman brought with him an undeniable charisma and freshness to the boxing scene, and most importantly, a new audience and revenue stream as a result.

The fact remained that despite all the bravado and all the swagger, McGregor was no boxer.

Therefore, it made sense when the services of former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi were enlisted, in order to prepare the MMA specialist for an idea of what he might face in a boxing ring.

Everyone knows what followed, as verbal sparring replaced actual sparring, when bad blood boiled over between the McGregor and Malignaggi camps.

It seemed that a potential follow-up bout was already in place for McGregor, should he chose to continue down the path of a boxing career.

The buzz around this potential fight has never really gone away, and now figures within the boxing industry are having their say.

Joe Cortez, the man who ran the infamous and contentious sparring session between the two that caused the bad blood in the first place, has been speaking on the possibility of the two squaring off.

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The man with the best view of the 'was it an knockdown or wasn't it a knockdown?' incident, has said: "I would really push for that fight to happen because I feel that a lot of fans would like to see what really happened in that sparring session.

"It got a lot of interest. Because people wanted to know what was going on with Paulie and McGregor in that sparring session.

"I can tell you that I was there for twelve rounds with them and there was a lot going on.

“A lot of boxing fans and MMA fans want to know and I can tell you from being there that the fight should happen.”

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Not only does Cortez want to see it happen, he reckons it would be a better fight than the Mayweather showdown.

“It was very competitive. That is what I am saying.

"I know for a fact that it would make a good fight. It would be a better fight than McGregor vs Mayweather.”

“I got to speak with Paulie after that (Mayweather fight). I told him that to shut everybody up maybe he should have a real fight, now that McGregor showed that he actually has some talent.

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“They should put Malignaggi and McGregor together.

“I think that would be a great fight and that the fans would buy that, because it would be interesting.”

It looks like the fight has been given the seal of approval by Cortez, and if the fireworks pre-bout can match what happened in the build up to the Mayweather fight, we should be in for quite a show.

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