CONOR MCGREGOR would beat Jake Paul in a boxing match, according to renowned MMA coach Fernand Lopez.
YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul has been aiming for a lucrative showdown with the UFC’s figurehead for nearly 16 months.
McGregor had the prospect of facing the social media star in the ring, a fight that Lopez believes The Notorious would have an advantage if the pair were in the same weight class.
The Cameroonian told Genting Casino: “If we take out the weight factor, Jake Paul would lose to Conor McGregor.
“I think Conor loves boxing, he trains boxing, his sparring is more boxing than MMA.
“And he fought the best of the best [Floyd] Mayweather and he didn’t look so bad. I think he’s already proven he’s not that bad after all.”
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McGregor, 33, is currently in the final stages of his recovery from the horrific broken leg he sustained in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier last July.
The Irishman is confident of going straight into a title fight against the winner of May’s lightweight showdown between champion Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.
And Lopez has drastically different assessments of the former two-part champion’s chances against the pair.
He said: “I think a good fight for McGregor is Charles Oliveira because at least Oliveria is a technical boxer, not a slugger.
“So if Conor McGregor can go back to the old Conor McGregor – who gets hit and doesn’t get it and goes the distance – he’ll put Charles Oliveria in a competitive fight because of timing and precision, Conor could win that fight.
“He has a small chance of winning, not a good chance, a small chance.
“I’m a huge fan of Conor, I would pray for Conor to win this fight, but I would definitely choose Oliveira.
“But with Justin Gaethje it would be a brawl, an uphill battle.
“And I don’t think Conor will have the motivation to fight hard. Justin Gaethje would be a tough fight and don’t think he still has the motivation for it.
“The actual Conor, not the old Conor, the Conor right now, what I see on paper, if he goes into battle against Gaetje, he’ll give up in the end because Justin doesn’t give up, in the end you have to kill him, so know I don’t know how he would win this fight.”
Fan favorite McGregor announced last month that he is targeting a summer return to the Octagon, although UFC President Dana White expects him to be back in action in the fall.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5010349/conor-mcgregor-jake-paul-boxing-match-ufc-news/ Conor McGregor would beat Jake Paul in the boxing ring but Notorious should target Charles Oliveira’s UFC showdown, Lopez says