Retired boxing superstar Juan Manuel Marquez thinks Conor McGregor will beat UFC’s BMF Jorge Masvidal.

McGregor’s return is arguably the most anticipated comeback in UFC today. “The Notorious” has been out of action since the devastating submission loss to UFC lightweight champ Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov. Now that he is set to step inside the octagon again, UFC top contenders are being linked to McGregor’s name.

In fact, the boxing world is also thrilled by McGregor’s return. Mexican boxing superstar Marquez has been making a lot of statements lately about the biggest fights in all combat sports. And in a recent media scrum, Marquez made a bold McGregor vs. Masvidal UFC fight.

Boxing reporter Little Giant Boxing translated and summarized the Mexican’s statement and revealed that Marquez insisted that “Conor McGregor will beat Jorge Masvidal.” It was also noted that Marquez personally likes the idea and “would love to see it" happen soon.

Jorge Masvidal
Jorge Masvidal of the United States looks on during a UFC 239 Welterweight Bout against Ben Askren of the United States at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey

Prior to owning the BMF title with a win over Nate Diaz, Masvidal has already been viewed as a good opponent for McGregor’s return. For some reason, the hype of the possible match-up was cut short and Masvidal ended up fighting Diaz.

However, Masvidal tried to engage the former UFC two-division king in a war or words by pulling off one of the creepiest call-outs in all MMA. According to Masvidal, McGregor never wanted to share the octagon with him because “Mystic Mac” knew he “will take his soul.”

“You (McGregor) don’t want this, man, ’cause I’ll take your soul, man. I’ll be as nice as I can about it; I’m coming for your soul. Not just Conor’s, whoever they put in front of me,” Masvidal vowed.

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor of Ireland laughs after the first round against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Oct. 6, 2018. Harry How/Getty Images

Meanwhile, a blast from the past seems to strike McGregor in his return. His former foe Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier just presented a strong case for a potential rematch with McGregor.

Per Poirier, the rematch with McGregor makes the most sense for both of them at this point of their careers as they both want to get back on top once again.

“I think it would make more sense if he’s trying to get back to the top,” Poirier said of McGregor.

“I was the former interim world champion. Conor’s the former undisputed world champion. We fought years ago, we both had our separate paths and we’ve both done great things. I think this makes a lot of sense. I’m No. 2, I think he’s No. 3. It makes a lot of sense."