Interim WBC lightweight titleholder Ryan Garcia shared his thoughts on a possible boxing match between UFC star Conor McGregor and popular video blogger Jake Paul.
McGregor made his boxing debut in August of 2017, when he suffered a stoppage defeat in ten rounds at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Paul (2-0, 2 KOs) is back in action in his third pro fight on Saturday night, when he faces retired MMA veteran Ben Askren.
When sizing up McGregor, Ryan Garcia appears to have more respect for the boxing ability of Paul.
He’s willing to put his money where his mouth is. Garcia is ready to bet $100,000 that McGregor would be unable to stop Paul inside the distance.
“People can say whatever they want. When I watched Conor fight Mayweather. Conor can’t box. He can’t box,” Ryan Garcia told SportsJOE.
“If Conor was smart, he’d ask Jake Paul to go in the octagon with him. If you’re the bigger star you should do that because Conor is not that good of a boxer in my opinion. I understand that it was against Floyd Mayweather, but your punches didn’t even look good. Like when you were throwing them, they didn’t have no torque on them.
“Can you make improvements? Of course, anybody can. How much can you? I don’t know. He steps into the ring again with anybody good, he’s not going to win. He’s just not. I think him and Jake Paul, if he brings the same fight he brought to Floyd against Jake Paul, that’s more competitive. I promise you.
“I’ll put a hundred thousand dollars he won’t knock out Jake Paul. You can mark it down right now. I’ll put a hundred thousand he won’t be able to knock out Jake Paul. Will he beat him? Maybe. He won’t knock him out though.”