Could Floyd Mayweather help his former rival Conor McGregor? In a recent interview, the undefeated boxing legend offered a helping hand to former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor, who is set to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 229 in Las Vegas this October.
It’s a bit of an odd offer, considering Nurmagomedov has a strong grappling base and McGregor’s main focus should be on stopping the takedown, but regardless Mayweather is there if the Irishman wants.
“I know that UFC has a training facility, but we’d like him to work at the Mayweather boxing club,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports. “From what I know, (Nurmagomedov is) a hell of a grappler, and he can wrestle. But you know, the fans want to see you stand up and fight. That’s what they want to see.
“Conor McGregor’s a tough competitor. Conor McGregor’s not going to back down from anyone. He’s not scared. He’s a warrior.”
It’s a nice offer and some flattering words, but Mayweather offers McGregor nothing when it comes to the upcoming bout. That said, we all know that Mayweather loves attention, so this was likely all just a ploy to get back in the headlines.
And who knows, his next move may be trying to appear in front of cameras when the UFC heads to T-Mobile Arena for the 155-pound title fight. He’s already angling for tickets.
“I’ll talk with (UFC President) Dana (White),” Mayweather said. “I may talk with Conor and get some tickets.”