In a shocking interview with Tony Robbins, Former MMA star Conor McGregor challenged Floyd Mayweather to another fight.
In the interview, McGregor said that he could have beaten Mayweather, and that he actually almost did.
“I was whooping him in the early rounds. I actually went back to my corner after the first round and said ‘this is easy’. Literally said that to my corner man,” McGregor said.
McGregor said that the fight became more difficult when Mayweather switched up his style. At that point, it was harder for McGregor to predict what his opponent was going to do.
“Now you’ve got to respect that. That’s what a crafty veteran can do… switch his style. He switched it to that old Mexican boxing style. . . [Mayweather] never fought like that in his entire career. He was forced to fight that way cause he was getting beaten when he was fighting his old way. The approach caught me off guard. I was not prepared for it. I was not used to it and he walked me down and ended up getting the stoppage. The referee I felt could have let it go, I would have liked to see the end of the round, get my breathing back, get a little more comfortable. I believe I would win [in a rematch],” McGregor said.
“Actually, there I go again with the fake humbleness — I know I would win,” he added.
Mayweather’s Team Responds To The Challange
Shortly after McGregor’s interview, Mayweather CEO Leonard Ellerbe told TMZ sports that Mayweather would entertain another match.
“That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that but Conor McGregor knows he’s always welcome to that ass-whooping. I have the utmost respect for Conor, Dana, and those guys. If Conor McGregor wants some of that smoke again, he knows what he’s got to do,” Ellerbe said.
“He knows what he’s got to do. All he’s got to do is call Dana. That’s all he has to do. I can’t speak for Floyd but I’ll tell you what, Conor McGregor, if he wants that ass-whooping again, I’m sure Floyd would oblige to that,” Ellerbe said.
A rematch would be a huge payday for both athletes. Their previous fight was the second biggest pay-per-view event of all time. Mayweather earned about $300 million as the victor, and McGregor made millions as well.
An Early Retirement For McGregor?
McGregor’s comments are somewhat odd considering his recent retirement from the MMA.
McGregor has not fought in the MMA since UFC match 229, in October of 2018. In that match, McGregor lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The night before announcing his retirement on Twitter, McGregor appeared on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. During the interview, McGregor told Fallon that he “didn’t need” to fight anymore, because he was “set for life” now.
McGregor will certainly never have to work another day in his life. The Daily Mail reported that the famous fighter has a net worth of roughly €85million (£73m).
McGregor also has numerous advertising partnerships and sponsors, including Burger King, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, David August, BSN, Anheuser-Busch, HiSmile and Betsafe.
According to some reports, The Burger King endorsement alone earned McGregor about a half million dollars.
However, he has made fake retirement announcements in the past, only to return to the sport again.
In 2016, he posted on Twitter, “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
Controversy For McGregor
McGregor has been facing some legal trouble in recent years, after allowing his temper to get the best of him. Last year, police arrested McGregor after he attacked a bus filled with other fighters.
McGregor’s rival, Nurmagomedov, was on the bus and was reportedly the target of the attack. Police charged McGregor with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal mischief. Despite his troubles, McGregor knows that he always has a job in competitive fighting.
There is a very good chance that this rematch could become a reality. The previous bout started with some trash talking in a string of interviews. With this being the case, it is very possible that the rematch could manifest in the same way.
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