Former Khabib Nurmagomedov coach Javier Mendez believes Jake Paul has no reason to fear Conor McGregor in the ring if they were to make their much-discussed fight.
McGregor was recently seen goading Machine Gun Kelly at an MTV awards show, and before that, he broke his leg, which caused him to lose a second time to Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight. planned.
He has spoken of a fight with YouTube celebrity Paul in recent months and the 24-year-old American is also reportedly considering his next opponent. Many expect it to be British lightweight Tommy Fury in his second fight in the United States, but his poor performance against Anthony Taylor has made any clash less likely.
Speaking via the Betway Insider blog, Mendez suggested that Paul’s size and singular boxing experience give him a chance.
“Jake has so many advantages over Conor. Height is one of the most important, and the fact that he’s been boxing for over three years with some really good boxing pros who know what they’re doing,” said he explained.
“So no, he shouldn’t have to fear Conor at all.”
However, one fighter he warned Paul is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who is currently pursuing the undisputed super middleweight designation, and the 31-year-old Mexican has been presented as a possible opponent by Paul himself.
“Instead, he has to fear people like Canelo. He would crush him in one round, that would be embarrassing,” Mendez said.
“He doesn’t stand a chance against this kind of guy, he really should stay away from him – but against Conor he absolutely has a chance. Looking at both, Jake has big advantages in size and power. Yes, he does. has no fighting experience but has only been boxing for a long time now Conor has not been strictly boxing.
“I have first-hand knowledge of seeing Jake doing his job. I have videos his coaches sent me and I had words with the people he trained with. The guy is legit, he’s the one. real deal. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a top guy. You can’t be top level with three pro fights – but he’s got skills and he’s got power and he’s got great training, Really. And he’s a good athlete so put it all together and he gets some momentum.
Also referring to Paul’s older brother Logan Paul, Mendez also praised their commitment to the sport despite their lack of top-level abilities.
“The Paul brothers are extremely likable artists or extremely loathsome artists, depending on your point of view,” he said.
“They cross the two fields. People love them, people hate them but people want to watch them, so I applaud them for what they do. I respect their abilities but they are not real boxers. They are legitimate boxers but they are not of a high level. They are not at all high level, they are beginners. For newbies to do what they do is amazing and I commend them for that because it takes special people to get that kind of attention.
“Whether that’s great for sports, I should say yes by the majority because look at Jake Paul’s PPV numbers. How can a guy box another guy who’s never boxed and get that kind of attention? I would be wrong to say that no one is interested because of the really good numbers. One of the highest numbers ever on PPV, so, you know, when you go over a million it’s pretty high, so I Well done to them. They are doing a great job. ”