American boxer took undefeated record to 50-0 after stopping Irish UFC star in the tenth round in Las Vegas
CONOR McGREGOR should return to the boxing ring to take on bitter rival Paulie Malignaggi, says ex-UFC star Dan Hardy.
McGregor was stopped in the tenth round by Floyd Mayweather in last night’s billion-dollar bout in Las Vegas.
But the UFC star hardly embarrassed himself in his boxing debut against arguably the greatest pugilist of them all – who said he has now retired for good.
And now there are already calls for him to return to the ring again after his promising outing – with his opponent being two-weight world champion Malignaggi.
Former welterweight supremo Malignaggi quit McGregor’s training camp after blasting reports he was knocked down in sparring.
The pair then nearly came to blows when McGregor arrived in Vegas ahead of his fight.
And Hardy wrote on Sky Sports: “I would be interested in seeing Conor box again. I thought he looked good. I can’t take anything away from his tactical approach.
“The Paulie Malignaggi fight has history. Paulie has been out for a while, and he isn’t a massive puncher.
“It would be a good fight for Conor to test himself against someone that isn’t quite on Floyd’s level.”
But Hardy also warned McGregor – who is launching his own Notorious-branded whiskey – he needs to learn how to go the distance.
He added: “He needs to learn to pace himself better over 12 rounds because it’s very, very different to mixed martial arts.
“For example, Floyd controls the investment of power in his punches.
“Watch Conor in his first two rounds – every punch he threw was with power.
“But Floyd will throw four or five punches, then the sixth is a power shot. That’s why Conor’s energy expenditure goes. If Conor throws 200 power punches, Floyd can throw 400 punches in the same time.”
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