Just about everyone in the combat sports community has it in for Logan and Jake Paul, but not Conor McGregor.
Many pundits feel the YouTubers-turned-boxers cheapen the spectacle of boxing, but that’s not the way ‘The Notorious’ sees it.
As far as McGregor is concerned, ‘if it makes dollars, it makes sense’.
“As they say, if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” McGregor told Sport Bible in a recent interview. “I know Dana [White] and the UFC are not really into it, but I’m not so against it.
“I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I’m certainly a viewer.”
Younger brother Jake has been hating on McGregor and trashing the UFC since his highlight reel knockout of Nate Robinson on the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. undercard in November, but McGregor didn’t seem fazed by those comments.
In fact, rather than return fire with a few vicious comments of his own, McGregor actually complimented Jake and Logan for their accomplishments inside the boxing ring.
“If they are fighting well then it can’t make a mockery of fighting,” McGregor said. “They’re getting in and competing. I am not so much against it. What I will say though is the numbers that that show calculated was a Mike Tyson fight. You had an icon fighting as well as Roy Jones Jr., two GOATs [greatest of all time] of combat sports.
“And then you had the YouTube kid and NBA star competing underneath that. So they done good business. Am I into those competitions myself? You know it’s not the most high-level – if any level – at that stage. Obviously the Tyson vs Jones fight was very high level and very interesting to see what they’re like in their older age. I thought they both fought amazingly.”
Logan Paul is scheduled to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an exhibition bout on Feb. 20 while Jake Paul is teased to fight retired UFC welterweight and former Bellator champ Ben Askren in a boxing match on March 28.
As for McGregor, the former simultaneous two-division champ is currently making final preparations for his rematch with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. The pay-per-view extravaganza, which features Poirier vs. McGregor as the main event, takes place this Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
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