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Jake Paul insists Conor McGregor fight will happen in future, McGregor responds: ‘You’re a flop, kid’

Jake Paul already has a lot on his plate as he works to ensure his boxing match against Hasim Rahman Jr. stays intact to fight the night.

But that doesn’t mean Paul loses sight of his long-term goals.

From the moment Paul got into professional boxing, a potential dance date with Conor McGregor sat at the top of his wish list. And that hasn’t changed in recent years.

“It has to happen. Why not? He’s a businessman, I’m a businessman, and it’s $75 [million] $100 million for both of us,” Paul said Monday on MMA hour.

For Paul, it’s a simple calculation. He and McGregor are two of the biggest names in combat sports. A showdown between the two could become the most lucrative mainstream crossover fight since McGregor and Floyd Mayweather broke records in 2017.

Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) has long targeted both McGregor and Canelo Alvarez as possible late game goals for his boxing career. He said Monday he thinks the first one will be ready to happen after adding a few more knockouts to his highlight reel and that McGregor is able to “get active again” in MMA. But if he has a choice between fighting McGregor or Alvarez, Paul’s choice is clear: He wants the talkative former two-division UFC champion.

“I think Conor and I would be a lot more exciting, a lot more electric,” Paul said. “I think we’re both more showman than Canelo, so just the press conferences and all the shitty speeches would be absolutely legendary, it would be historic and it would be so entertaining for the fans. It would be captivating. People would be on the edge of their seats, salivating to see us fight, because of the amount of promotion we would both bring.

McGregor has been sidelined since suffering a brutal leg injury in his July 2021 rubber match against Dustin Poirier, but he still keeps an active eye on the game. His name is rarely mentioned without him retaliating. And Monday’s show was no exception.

Faced with Paul’s prediction, McGregor was candid.

“You have 2 fights and made 70k [pay-per-view] buy,” McGregor replied.

“You’re a flop, kid. A person.

Paul is scheduled to face Rahman Jr. on August 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

McGregor (22-6) is expected to return to the UFC in late 2022 or early 2023.

Update: Paul responded with all the feedback below.