Conor McGregor’s focus is on his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier but YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul is flying to Las Vegas as he looks to thrash out a deal to fight the UFC star
Jake Paul will be in attendance for Conor McGregor’s trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier as he looks to tempt the Irishman into a mega-money fight.
The Notorious one will appear in the main event at UFC 264 aiming to exact revenge on his rival.
But win or lose the 32-year-old could still have a handsome $50m offer waved as him as Paul flies to Las Vegas with his brother Logan Paul aiming to finalise a deal.
The Youtuber is continuing to pursue a career in the ring and has his sights firmly set on the UFC star.
He recently saw his brother, Logan, take on Floyd Mayweather in an eight-round exhibition contest and pocket a huge sum.
Now he wants to take on one of entertainment sports’ biggest stars to further his profile.
Paul began his career inside the ring last year when he stopped AnEsonGib in Miami before progressing to an appearance on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr.
Paul recorded another knockout, this time against former NBA star Nate Robinson, before he did similarly to former UFC star Ben Askren.
Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is the next man on his agenda with a fight scheduled for next month.
But already Paul has McGregor on his radar and his ready to fly to Nevada in order to thrash out a deal.
Paul claimed he sent proof of funds to McGregor’s manager to prove he was serious about a $50m fight offer.
The American has poked fun at the Irishman, whose fight with Poirier will earn him considerably less than he’s offered.
“I love all chickens, besides Conor McGregor. He is the world’s biggest chicken,” he Paul.
“Conor, you were just talking about me in the media saying, ‘If it (fight between Jake Paul and Conor McGregor) makes money, it makes sense.
“I offered you $50m, you’re getting paid $5m to fight Dustin Poirier. I think you’re a chicken.”
McGregor’s immediate concern will be reestablishing himself as one of the UFC’s leading light.
Defeats to Poirier and Khabib have harmed his standing within the sport, but victory on Saturday night is likely to get a shot at the lightweight title and new champion Charles Oliveira.
Paul though has continued to wind up the Irishman
“You can tell Conor has lost ‘it’,” he wrote on social media last night after his pre-fight press conference. “He no longer speaks from a place of authenticity and you can tell he’s trying to convince himself of his own lies.
“He takes offence to everything now; he’s bathing in his own insecurity’s [and] when we fight I will further expose him for the fraud he is.”