Former WBA welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi has suggested that Conor McGregor should hang up his gloves and opt against fighting again as a professional fighter either in Boxing or MMA.
McGregor was in New York recently for some charity work where he revealed that the negotiations are in place for his next bout and mentioned the likes of Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz and even a rematch with Floyd Mayweather as his possible next fight.
While Malignaggi himself was in contention to fight against the UFC superstar late last year but now, after those negotiations failed to come to any conclusion, the American boxing commentator and analyst thinks McGregor is far better off without fighting as a professional or he risks hurting his reputation.
"He got smashed around by Mayweather," Malignaggi told Sky Sports. "He won't come near me now and, frankly, I don't think he should fight at all. If he's smart he should take a hike. He's not a very good boxer and in MMA, he has to fight some tough contenders.
"Unless he vacates his UFC title and takes on a lesser contender, which I can see him doing, I wouldn't fight at all if I was him."
The 37-year-old, who won 36 and lost 8 professional bouts, also opined about Mayweather's recent social media activity where he posted some cryptic messages and videos, adding fuel to the rumor that the 50-0 Boxer may fight McGregor inside the Octagon.
"Mayweather is just pulling everyone's chains so to speak, especially McGregor fans who are so mad that their guy got beat up and smacked around.
"They want to see Conor get his own back but Mayweather is teasing, he's not going in the cage."