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Conor McGregor’s coach says UFC star could return to boxing for Floyd Mayweather rematch or Paulie Malignaggi fight following defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov

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The Irishman tapped out in the fourth round at UFC 229

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has claimed that the UFC superstar’s next fight could once again come in a boxing ring.

The 30-year-old, two-weight champion returned to MMA for his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday, after previously losing a boxing match to Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor was knocked out in the tenth by Floyd Mayweather in 2017

McGregor was knocked out in the tenth by Floyd Mayweather in 2017

Now, Kavanagh has revealed on that McGregor could box again, although his priority is to rematch Khabib.

“He’s been screaming and shouting for rematch within minutes. That’s all I’m hearing from [Conor],” Kavanagh told the Joe Rogan podcast.

“Tony [Ferguson] has earned the title shot. But I understand this is a business. The rematch would be a huge fight.”

The conversation then turned to McGregor’s sparring sessions with Paulie Malignaggi in the build-up to his initial boxing match with Floyd.

Rogan asked Kavanagh if the Irishman would consider a second boxing bout, this time against Malignaggi, to which he replied: “It is absolutely not out of the realms of possibilities.

McGregor suffered the fourth defeat of his MMA career after tapping out after a rear naked choke

McGregor suffered the fourth defeat of his MMA career after tapping out after a rear naked choke

“There are all sorts of crazy rumours going around the management team and the fight team about what might happen next.

“It could be boxing, it could be him [Malignaggi], it could be Floyd.

“All sorts of names are being thrown about.”

Some bizarre-sounding rumours regarding a potential ‘hybrid rules’ rematch with Floyd Mayweather have also been floating around over the past 12 months.

In this scenario, Conor McGregor would be able to use parts of the MMA ruleset against the boxer in a unique rematch.

While most people dismissed this as pure speculation, Kavanagh confirmed it was another genuine possibility at one point.

“That’s being talked about. I’d heard about this, speaking with Conor and speaking with his manager.

“[It would be] he could only throw leg kicks.

“Conor absolutely doesn’t want to do that, he wants to fight UFC rules or boxing rules. Zero interest in the ‘hybrid fight.’

“I think Floyd’s a very intelligent guy, he’s not going to do that.”

Credit: talkSPORT

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