Ever since Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor sparred, Paulie has been pleading his case to get that fight made. It sounds like he could actually be getting closer to seeing it materialize. In this video by Fight Hype, Paulie says Al Haymon and Dana White are in communication about it.
“I know Al Haymon is talking to Dana White. I know they are speaking. So, if they want the fight, they’ll make it.”
Paulie is correct about Conor vs Paulie being the biggest cash grab for all parties involved right now. MMA has lost a lot of mainstream luster; Superfights and freakshow fights are the only things that are selling.
From a business standpoint, what makes the most money is Conor fighting Paulie or Nate Diaz. If we are talking what MMA purists want, it’s Conor defending any belt ever in MMA. However, it’s only mainstream ‘fans’ who are buying PPV’s.
Like I always say, this isn’t the fight business, it’s the money making business.