While Conor McGregor is returning to the Octagon at UFC 246, the former two-division champion is not against returning to the sport of boxing.
McGregor, who looks to fight three times for the UFC in 2020, told Ariel Helwani that three potential boxing showdowns interest him.
“I’d like to rematch Floyd [Mayweather],” McGregor told Ariel Helwani yesterday of facing Mayweather in a rematch of their 2017 boxing match. “I think we should rematch Floyd. He’s flirting with [a comeback] and doing all this, he can go and pick someone else, it’s not going to be the same.”
“I done phenomenal. I done phenomenal in that bout, and the only reason I lost that bout was because I prepared for a back-footed, Philly-shell style of opponent, and when the fight was like that, I was picking him apart,” McGregor said. “Then, he came forward and started pressing, and I wasn’t sinking into my shots like I am now with my boxing coaches that are drilling specific boxing things into me again.
“I know I’d beat Floyd. I’d beat Floyd if we rematched – when we rematch,” McGregor continued on Mayweather, who stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their pay-per-view clash. “He’s not going to do a mixed martial arts bout, like he said. It was supposed to be me boxing then we do a mixed martial arts bout. That was what was said out of his mouth. It was not written but it was verbal agreement. Obviously that’s not going to happen and I’m not going to push him on that either but I would like to box him. I think that would be a good rematch.”
“You never know,” McGregor said. “They’re good people to do business with, the Showtime people and Floyd. You never know.”
“But also I would be open to other boxing bouts… Manny, we were actually close to signing [a fight with] Manny. There’s been talks about a Manny fight as well. There was an offer made on that. Just not yet.”
“And the Paulie [Malignaggi] fight. I’d like to box Paulie as well,” McGregor said of the retired boxer who feuded with McGregor after footage leaked of Malignaggi being sent to the canvas by McGregor while they were sparring in 2017. “I already knocked him out but that’s a bit of buzz as well. Paulie and a boxing bout. I want to box again. I will box again. I will get a boxing world title.
“I would box multiple times. I love boxing and I’m damn good.”
Quotes Transcribed by MMA Fighting