Conor McGregor fight with Jake Paul ‘close’ as UFC chief Dana White bets $1m YouTuber will lose clash with Ben Askren

CONOR McGREGOR vs Jake Paul is ‘closer than anyone thinks’, according to the YouTuber himself.

And it could even go down in the next two years.

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Conor McGregor is currently focused on his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier[/caption]

Paul, 24, is set to fight former Bellator and ONE Championship belt holder Ben Askren on Saturday night.

But he already has a bout with internet sparring partner McGregor in mind.

The American has repeatedly insulted the Notorious, calling him an ‘Irish B****’.

And he believes that they are on a collision course.

He said: “I think we both are on a road to each other.

“He wants another boxing fight. He wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. He would get toasted. He just keeps on taking Ls.

“So I think him fighting me would not only be his money fight, but it would technically be the easiest challenge, right?

“Fighting Jake Paul would probably be easier than fighting Manny Pacquiao and it would be just as big.

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Paul, 24, is determined to prove Ben Askren and Dana White wrong[/caption]

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“I think we’re a lot closer to a Jake Paul-Conor McGregor fight than anyone thinks. I think it could happen in the next 24 months.”

UFC chief Dana White bet one million dollars on the ‘f***ing YouTube kid’ to lose to Askren during an appearance on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ Podcast.

And Paul is motivated to prove him wrong.

He added: “I’m excited for Dana White to lose a million dollars.

“But other than that, I’m going to prove millions and millions and millions of people wrong and they have motivated me to become the best version of myself over the last couple of years.”

As for McGregor’s next fight, against Dustin Poirier in July, Paul is rooting for his rival.

He concluded: “Conor’s the big name. He’s an A-list celebrity, and there are very few fighters who are A-list celebrities.

“So we’ll see what happens. I hope he wins against Dustin, I guess, so that the fight becomes more exciting.”

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