Boxing News At Five | Jan 10 2019

Boxing News at Five: McGregor and Malignaggi reportedly “in talks”, Lewis tells Wilder to be wary of the silver screen

Conor McGregor might be eyeing up another foray into pro boxing, while Lennox Lewis issues a warning to WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder
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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

AS if it wasn’t tedious enough first time around, the Paulie Malignaggi vs. Conor McGregor pantomime is seemingly set to start up again, as it is reported both are “in talks” over a boxing match in 2019.

According to The Sun, who pass the buck to “multiple sources within boxing and MMA”, talks between McGregor and Malignaggi are apparently ongoing and there’s a chance this fight, no one’s fantasy, could become a reality.

As for the story behind this most improbable – and pointless – of boxing matches, here goes: Malignaggi once teased McGregor about his chances of winning fights in his domain, boxing, and was then later drafted in as a sparring partner when McGregor somehow agreed a deal to box – yes, box – Floyd Mayweather, a boxer, in August 2017. This led to Malignaggi looking to prove a point and McGregor looking to prove a point. It also led to one sparring session in which Malignaggi was apparently dominant and another in which he was apparently dropped.