Malignaggi believes there is extra incentive for McGregor to make a return to boxing over the Octagon: “This fight will pay him more, this fight will get him more exposure. This fight is a bigger fight than anybody else he has. There’s no more Mayweather fight. This fight is the biggest fight there is.”
The American also said McGregor should accept the challenge “even if it’s not his next fight.” The Irishman is obliged to fight Tony Ferguson in a UFC lightweight title unification bout after he won the interim title in McGregor’s absence.