Paulie Malignaggi says he wants to fight Conor McGregor, to settle the dispute between them, after a well documented sparring row.
Malignaggi says he is ready to fight the irishman next year, as long as he does not suffer a one sided defeat against Mayweather.
Paulie quit the UFC superstar’s training camp, after pictures of him hitting the canvas surfaced online.
“It’s picked up a ton of momentum, the bad blood is there so let’s fight,” he said during an in-depth interview on The MMA Hour.
“We’ll need to see how he looks against Mayweather. If he looks dog s***, no one will want to see us fight.
“As long as he doesn’t get the living s*** beaten out of him, I think the demand is there to make the fight.”
“I showed up with the best intentions in camp, but at a certain point you realise that you are being used as a pawn where somebody is trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help,” said Malignaggi.
He added: “I had no choice but to leave.
“If I never see him or speak to him for the rest of my life, it’s cool.”
Former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry has said Arsenal must ditch their current style to bring the best out if Lacazette.
Arsenal acquired Lacazette from Lyon for a fee of £46 million, with Sanchez future surrounded by uncertainty.
Henry believes the midfielders must adapt their game to suit the France international, switching to direct football.
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer told Sky Sports: “Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top.
“He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes.
“Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?
“That’s the best ball in the game because you go straight to goal. They don’t like it.
“Does he lose the ball? No, he doesn’t lose the ball. Does it look pretty? Yes, it looks pretty. But we want to go to goal.
“That’s where we want to go. Can he play that pass? It is not difficult for Xhaka. They are going to have to learn with Lacazette.”
He added on the 26-year-old: “Because he is so sound and good on the ball, he can play on the left or on the right, but for me he is a No.9.
“When the big man comes back and hopefully he is going to come back soon, Alexis Sanchez, he is going to play on the left.
“I think Lacazette is going to play in the centre. That is where I would like to see him play. [Olivier] Giroud can offer a lot and he showed that [against Leicester] but I would love to see the partnership that Sanchez and Lacazette can create.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has backed Lindelof to perform for Manchester United, believing he will impress Mourinho.
Lindelof joined United from Benfica for £30 million in the off-season, but was left out of the squad that played the opener.
Mourinho has cited the reason for dropping the defender, saying he needs time to adapt to the Premier League.
“Lindelof is still going to have time to show himself,” Mkhitaryan said. “So I want to say all the players are good signings and they are going to help us a lot.
“As a player and for a club, you are always going to have ups and downs. I think the last few years was a little bit down for the club but since last year, and this year, I hope it is going be up for the club.
“We are going to try to do our best to bring the club on the level it was at before. It is always hard but we will try and do our best.”
Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has predicted that Rafa Benitez will leave his job as manager before Christmas.
The Spaniard has admitted that he is unhappy with the club’s transfer activity this summer having seen the arrivals of five new players.
After the Magpies’ earned promotion to the Premier League from the Championship last season, owner Mike Ashley claimed that Benitez would have funds to recruit the players that he wants.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports News, the Sports Direct businessman revealed that he cannot compete financially with some of England’s elite, including Manchester City.
Barton, who played for Newcastle between 2007 and 2011, believes that it is only a matter of time before Benitez walks away over disputes with the hierarchy.
“Newcastle is a great club, but the owner causes a lot of problems. It’s his way or the highway. I can’t see Benitez staying there until Christmas,” the midfielder told talkSPORT.
“Ashley’s interview on TV was silly because it draws everybody in and makes it a soap opera because Rafa has to responded and has to take a side.
“I believe Benitez wants to go. His body language says Ashley has not come through with what he wanted this summer, and that means he feels he won’t have the opportunity to establish Newcastle in the top half of the Premier League.
“It ends one of two ways – either the owner leaves and gets the money he wants for the club, or the manager will go because he won’t give him the finances he feels is necessary to compete in the Premier League.”
Roberto Firmino has reportedly admitted that it would be “awful” to see Philippe Coutinho leave the club.
Philippe Coutinho is believed to have submitted a transfer request via email after learning of Barcelona‘s interest.
The Catalan giants, who recently sold Neymar for a fee thought to be around £196m, have reportedly had a £72m bid for Coutinho and an offer in the region of £80m rejected by the Reds.
The 25-year-old missed Saturday’s Premier League opening 3-3 draw with Watford due to a back injury, and he has not travelled with the squad for tonight’s Champions League first leg qualifier against Hoffenheim.
Twitter account @BrazilStat has quoted Firmino as saying: “I prefer to not think of [Coutinho leaving] because it’d be awful. He’s a great player but also a great friend to me.”
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is at West Brom’s training ground undergoing a medical
The deal which would take the 36-year-old from Goodison Park to The Hawthorns could be completed in the next 24 hours.
Barry did not feature in Everton’s opening-day victory over Stoke because of an ankle injury, but this is not thought to be serious, and should not prevent him passing Albion’s medical.
We understand the England international is keen on the move after dropping down Ronald Koeman’s pecking order after Everton’s busy summer of transfer activity.
Barry wants to play regular first-team football, while Tony Pulis is keen to bring in an experienced “leader” in midfield after Darren Fletcher joined Stoke.
Pulis is expecting a frantic finale to the transfer window and is targeting at least three more signings, including a centre-half, a winger and a forward.
After the 1-0 win over Bournemouth, Pulis reiterated his desire to bring in new recruits. He said: “We need to get some players in and quickly.. “Everybody from around the football club is waiting for them to come in.
“They’ve got to be players that improve us. We will work tremendously hard the next two weeks to give us a better opportunity to do well. The squad’s just not strong enough.
“We only have 17 senior pros so we need to and we’ve got a few at the top age so it just needs restructuring.”
Nacer Chadli, the record £13million signing, is facing an uncertain future amid interest from Swansea City.
Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.
The World Player of the Year was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off on Sunday.
He was booked at the Nou Camp for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.
Ronaldo was also fined 3,805 euros ($4,500) and has 10 days to appeal the ban.
Should any appeal fail, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Super Cup, second leg and Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.
The Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis.
The official match report sent to the RFEF from the Camp Nou included Ronaldo’s push in the “other incidents” section.
“Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro — having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of his disagreement,” the Basque official wrote.
The RFEF’s disciplinary code appears clear that the punishment for such behaviour, even if only “slightly violent,” is an extra suspension of four to 12 games.
“Pulling, pushing or shaking, or a general attitude towards the match officials which, even if only slightly violent, without confirming an aggressive attitude on their part, will be punished with a suspension of four to 12 games,” says the code’s article 96.
Cesar Azpilicueta has asked Chelsea to do everything possible to reinforce the squad by signing new players.
Chelsea were down by three goals before the second half and ended up losing the match 3-2.
Chelsea has only added Morata, Bakayoko, Rudiger and Caballero while the likes of Matic, Loftus-Cheek and a host of others have left the club.
“When you see the players we lost, and the players we have signed in, they are not the same,” Azpilicueta told reporters.
“Obviously we have very good young players, but we have to know the reality that being champions is even harder the next season. We have experience of that,” Azpilicueta continued, referring to the club’s disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign.
“So we need players. The young players need help from senior players, top players, not to rush them into a position where they are maybe not ready to go at the moment. It is something that the club is working on with the manager, and hopefully we can get new signings in the next few weeks.”
Dele Alli says he intends to keep his emotions in check, after he was involved in an altercation with Jonjo Shelvey in the 2-0 win against Newcastle.
Shelvey who captained the magpies was sent off shortly after the second half for trampling on Alli.
The England international who scored in the 2-0 win says it was important to not react and keep the team going.
“I’ve had a few talks with the gaffer [Mauricio Pochettino] and a couple of people,” Alli said. “I’ve been caught out a couple of times with my temper.
“It’s something I like to keep in my game and it was a game today when we had to keep our cool. There was no need to react today.
“We didn’t want to get too heated up and get pulled into what they wanted us to and make it more of a physical battle than a game of football.”
“We knew it was going to be a physical game today,” Alli added. “They didn’t make it easy for us and it’s a difficult place to come.
“We knew if we stuck to the game plan then the chances would come. They did and we put them away.
“[Shelvey’s red card] happens sometimes in football. He’s a great player and I’m sure he’s going to be disappointed.
“It was important that we stayed professional and just did what we knew we had to do. We kept the ball moving, which was difficult at times, but I don’t want to talk about it too much.”
Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi has confirmed that midfielder, Paulinho will be joining Barcelona.
The 29-year-old is in Spain to finalise the deal and has joined Barcelona, after his release clause of €40 million was met.
“We have lost such a key player [in Paulinho],” he said. “And our line-up and style of play will be absolutely affected by his departure because it is impossible for us to seek any replacement at this stage of the campaign.
“Anyway, we want to wish Paulinho good luck. His transfer to such a big club as Barcelona from the Chinese Super League is testament both to him and the Chinese football leagues.”
Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said: “Paulinho is a fantastic player who has a brilliant track record both in club and national team.
“The substantial amount of money that Barcelona had paid to buy Paulinho is a very big testament to the football played by Guangzhou Evergrande.
“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Joe Hart has stated that leaving Manchester City on loan was not his previous position, as he wanted a permanent move.
Joe Hart will return to the Premier League, after joining West Ham on a season long loan from City.
The England international spent last season on loan at Torino and he is starting to seek a permanent exit.
“The permanent move was going to be difficult,” Hart said to Sky Sports. “I don’t think there were too many options for me to go on a permanent, if any. That was my ideal situation.
“When you’ve asked me questions I’ve always answered honestly, and ideally I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere so I could set my life up and have a direction.
“When you become a professional footballer there is no written contract that says you have to play first-team football.
“It’s a job at the end of the day but there are a lot of us, myself included, who just love playing football and I’m just lucky that it’s my job.
“It’s a short career. The money side of it is great and it is important, but at the end of the day I’m a young guy, I want to play football, that’s all I want to do. If going on loan is what needs to happen then for me that’s fine.
“The game moves quickly, there are plenty of people who have been in my situation and you have two choices. You can either moan about it and you can make smart comments and try to work out why it was done, or you can just get on with it. I’ve taken the latter.”
Sone Aluko has stated that Fulham are aiming to gain promotion to the premier league, after failing last season.
Fulham could only make it to the play-offs and lost 2-1 to Reading to end their race for promotion.
“Reading worked hard and had a game plan to frustrate us — and it worked,” Aluko told The Sun.
“At the start of last season, we weren’t tipped to be anywhere near the playoffs.
“But we believed in ourselves and knew we would get there. We played very good football en route. Overall we were happy with how we performed — although of course, we weren’t content with how it ended.
“The goal is to build on last season. We’ve kept hold of a lot of key players but we’re still a few short from where we would like to be.
“I’m sure the club is working hard to bring more players in now (in order to fortify their team).
“The aim is to get promoted this time — so first and foremost that is the automatic places — but, if not, it’s the playoffs again.”