The news that Conor McGregor applied for and was given a California boxing license this week reinvigorated speculation that the UFC superstar could face off in a boxing ring against Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. In a Q & A in front of a ruckus audience at The Devenish bar in Belfast, McGregor addressed the potential fight with the brash attitude that we’ve come to expect from the Irishman.
“Originally what happened was, Floyd called me out,” McGregor said. “That’s originally what happened. I don’t care about Floyd. I don’t give a f*ck about Floyd. I don’t give a f*ck about Floyd. I don’t fear no man under no rule set.”
“F*ck Floyd’s manager,” McGregor replied when told that manager’s manager Leonard Ellerbe said Mayweather would kick his ass, “Tell him to come say it to me face. I’ve got the boxing license, now Floyd’s in the Bahamas. He was just there a minute ago and I get the boxing license and he’s gone.”
McGregor then hinted that perhaps he would box someone else,”They’re scrambling right now, but that’s OK,” McGregor said. “I’ll leave them scrambling. I’ve got some other boxing opportunities, some potential opponents in mind. Some previous Floyd opponents. I can bring in anyone in the game. We’ll see what happens.”
Also in the 10-minute interview, McGregor said that despite the UFC stripping him of the title, “I’m still the two-weight world champion… I’ll say to the UFC, and I love the company, you’re fooling nobody. You’re fooling nobody with that. I’ve still got those belts. Someone’s got to come take those belts from me physically.”
You can watch the whole 10-minute interview below.
Love him or hate him, McGregor is easily the most charismatic athlete in the world right now.
I still ever doubt he enters a boxing ring though. All press is good press and the speculation that he’d box Mayweather just adds to his negotiating leverage with the UFC. But the UFC just have too much invested in McGregor to actually let him try his hand at the sweet science, and the risk just doesn’t equal the reward for McGregor to try a different combat sport after ascending to the top of the UFC.
Of course there’s always a chance, but I think it’s a much stronger bet that we’ll see McGregor at a WrestleMania than in a boxing match.