Paulie Malignaggi calls out Conor McGregor for a ‘winner-takes-all’ fight

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Retired boxing star Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor aren't exactly the best of friends, to put it politely.

The feud between the duo started after footage from their sparring session was leaked ahead of McGregor's multi-million dollar showcase event against Floyd Mayweather back in August 2017.

Malignaggi left the McGregor camp to join forces with rival Mayweather and the pair have regularly exchanged words ever since.

It is believed both are open to the possibility of squaring off to settle their differences once and for all, although as of yet little progress has been made.

But now, the former welterweight champion has challenged the Irishman to a ‘winner-takes-all’ boxing fight.

Malignaggi, speaking to Off The Ball, held nothing back: "There's no other fight he can make that he makes more money than he does fighting me - the problem is, he gets beaten by me.

“[Eddie] Hearn can easily put the fight together, [Al] Haymon can easily put the fight together, Showtime have said they'd be interested in it - I don't think it's a no-brainer at this point. I don't think it'd any secret at this point - there's money in the fight.”

The American, further, stated his plans for the fight, if it comes to fruition at some point in the future.

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“I would love to fight Conor McGregor in a winner-takes-all fight in a boxing match, I would absolutely love it because I would beat him to a pulp, I would hospitalise him and I'd make him go home broke too,” a Malignaggi brutally added.

“In boxing I'd be interested in it - I'd love to do a winner-takes-all fight just so he can go for free but I don't think he'd ever agree to that."

McGregor called out Mayweather's recent opponent - Japanese undefeated featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa - earlier this month on Twitter, which did not go down well with Malignaggi either.

The 38-year-old insisted that McGregor is desperately trying to stay a prominent figure in combat sport, after back-to-back losses on both boxing and MMA platforms.

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“McGregor's trying all that he can to keep himself relevant as best he can - even going as far as calling out the Japanese featherweight Nasukawa.

"That guy just did an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather - I don't think he was intending to fight guys as big as Floyd and Conor, that physically big - he's a very small guy. It was a one-off situation,” continued Malignaggi.

“Conor's not the same - he's not Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather doesn't lose - Conor loses every year.

"So I think Conor twisted up the roles a little bit. He got a bit confused - he forget he was Conor 'McQuitter' and thought he was Floyd Mayweather for a second where he could just walk into the free money. Guys like Floyd earn that kind of thing.

“In truth, he's trying to look for free money because he knows that his time at the top is coming to an end.”

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