Conor McGregor’s coach has poured cold water on the idea that talks between his fighter and Jake Paul have taken place.
The YouTuber’s management has said that they have touched base with the Irishman’s camp about arranging a bout between the pair – but this has now been refuted.
McGregor's long-time coach John Kavanagh told The Mirror: "He might talk to Audie all the time, but no.
"I heard something about Jake Paul being managed by an ex-UFC CFO [Chief Financial Officer].
"And I guess it's interesting to hear some of the negotiation tactics by that big organisation being leaked through Jake Paul, so it's kind of fun to follow that.
"But as for Conor vs Jake, I've honestly never once heard that, and I've heard some very crazy things, but that's never been suggested."
McGregor – who is currently recovering from a broken leg – has two fights left on his UFC contract and recently said that he is not wanting to face either of the Paul brothers in the future. He said: "I couldn't care about them two dingbats. I don't see so, but never say never.
"If they're gonna keep competing, who knows? But, dingbats, the two of them."
"You never know what's gonna happen in this sport. So I don't know, you have to ask me this, this [coming] summer.
"When we see what's going on in that division in the sport and figure out what's next for Conor."
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The younger Paul has recently been engaged in a war of words with UFC president Dana White.
Paul offered to quit boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal in MMA if White agreed to increase his fighters’ pay and their healthcare.
White released a fiery video in which he dismissed the proposal and said that he would let the 24-year–old test him for cocaine if he could test Paul for steroid use.
Paul has since responded with a video of his own, saying: “Long story short, you address nothing that I said. I accepted your challenge, I said I would fight MMA, I said that I would retire from boxing and you avoided all of that s***.
“It shows that you are in a corner. You’re a dog in a corner trying to fight to save his whole company and the embarrassment that I’ve put you through. Everybody sees it, and what you can’t accept or love or appreciate is that I’m trying to change the sport forever.
“You are one of the most selfish, capitalistic motherf****** that I’ve ever seen, and everybody else needs you, Dana; I’m the only person that doesn’t need you.”
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