Conor McGregor is a man with options, and now he has one more.
You can add current WBO welterweight boxing champion Jeff Horn to the list of fighters interested in taking on McGregor. Horn won his title off Manny Pacquiao back in July of 2017 via controversial decision on his home turf of Australia. Now his manager Dean Lonergan wants to see if he can draw the Irish UFC champ down under.
From the Sydney Morning Herald, via the Irish Mirror:
"We've talked about how Conor McGregor would be a great fight for Jeff Horn. We all know that. He's a promotional genius and he looks like a good, fun guy. Wouldn't that be a cool thing to do?"
"These [critics] are the same people that said we couldn't get Manny Pacquiao here. It turns into one of the great days of Australian sport. If we can get Pacquiao v Horn, why can't we get Conor McGregor? We'd give him a chance at the WBO welterweight title. And, to be honest, I think we can make the money stack up. I've got a rough idea of what he got."
"Obviously he's not going to get Floyd Mayweather money, but I tell you what, there wouldn't be too many fights, if any, other than Mayweather that would offer the same money I think we can put up down here."
"I thought the McGregor-Mayweather fight was entertaining. I don't care what anyone says. We probably all knew the result going in, but the build-up was entertaining, the fight was entertaining. And let's not forget what business we're in: it's entertainment. The fight people want to see are the ones that entertain."
Horn put on a blood and guts performance to take the WBO belt off Pacquaio, and we imagine it'd be a similar offensive fight if he faced off against Conor McGregor. Whether that'd work out better for McGregor than Mayweather’s adaptive defensive game is unclear, and I suppose that's a big part of the intrigue.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you interested in this match up? Would you prefer an MMA fight? Or are you happy so long as it's not Paulie Malignaggi next?