Conor McGregor could still fight Jake Paul in boxing return despite Poirier loss

Jake Paul has said that he still believes there is a realistic possibility that he could fight Conor McGregor, but he has a few conditions.

The YouTube star has been calling McGregor out for the better part of a year but has said that he doesn't want to fight McGregor as "a loser", and that he wants a full pro boxing match, not an exhibition.

His brother Logan took on Floyd Mayweather on June 12 in an eight-round contest, but it was done under exhibition rules that meant nobody ended up winning the bout, and it didn't go on Mayweather's 50-0 record or Paul's 0-1.

McGregor is currently on the first two-fight skid of his MMA career, having been beaten twice consecutively by Dustin Poirier in January and July of this year.

And Paul has said that he wants the Irishman to have improved upon his 1-3 record since becoming lightweight champion in 2016 before they meet in the ring.

"From the bottom of my heart, I do think it's realistic," Paul told IFL TV.

"I just don't want to fight a loser guy like Conor McGregor, he's just a loser and he's sort of lost his spunk and I don't want to fight him out of pity.

"I don't want to fight him as like a 'money fight', if I'm going to fight him I want it to be a real pro fight where he's in hella good shape and he's on a roll and we're really going at it.

"So we'll see what happens but I do think there is a big business with that fight and I don't think that he'll be able to deny that business and deny that cheque."

McGregor recently underwent surgery after suffering a horror leg break against Poirier in their trilogy fight, and is expected to be out until next year at the earliest.

He has returned to training on his other leg as well as his upper body, and has promised to return to the octagon once he is fully recovered.

The pair have a massive size differential, which would make an exhibition bout easier to put together, although Paul has said he would be willing to cut weight for a big fight against the likes of McGregor or Canelo Alvarez.

Meanwhile, Paul has a fight of his own to worry about in three weeks when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

The YouTube star will return to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to face the hard-hitting Woodley, who is a noted step up in opposition from the rest of his career.

And should he get through Woodley, his next fight could be set up on the night with Love Island star and 6-0 pro boxer Tommy Fury also appearing on the undercard.

Fury will take on Paul's close friend and sparring partner Anthony Taylor in the first pay-per-view fight of the night, and will be expected to face the YouTuber should he beat the ex-MMA fighter.

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