McGregor Talks Mayweather in GQ Piece
Conor McGregor may be taking a break from cagefighting, but the UFC star is still keeping plenty busy. He’s in Las Vegas this week, meeting with the Nevada Commission and making headway for a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
In a recent feature piece by GQ Style, McGregor touched on a number of topics, including his fight with Floyd.
While he is noncommittal about his next UFC fight, the lightweight champion remains firm in his pursuit of the mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather, no matter what his UFC contract says he can or can’t do.
“I’m pursuing that and no one can stop me from pursuing that," he said.
The prevailing sentiment is that a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor makes more sense from a financial standpoint than it does from a competitive one. After all, Mayweather is arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all time and the top fighter of his generation. And McGregor, despite his impressive striking in the UFC, has no pro boxing experience.
While he may be chasing a big payday, McGregor has no plans to enter the ring with Mayweather expecting to lose.
“Age waits for no man,” McGregor said of Mayweather. “He’s 40 years of age. He’s little. He’s got a little head on him. Honestly, my fist is bigger than his head. I sleep people. I put people unconscious. I’m stating facts. If I hit a man, his head is gonna go into the bleachers. You understand that? If I crack that little head of his, it’s gonna go clean off his shoulder and up into the bleachers.”
The biggest obstacle keeping a McGregor-Mayweather fight from happening is the UFC, which still has McGregor under contract. But after McGregor’s last fight, a dominant victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, McGregor said he was not going to jump back into the Octagon until having a serious talk with the UFC’s new owners concerning his compensation.
Months later, the Irish star is not backing down on his requests.
“I want to negotiate what I’m worth,” McGregor told GQ Style. “I want to put my analytics forward, man-to-man, and to be like, ‘This is what I’m owed now. Pay me.’ And then we can talk.
“Potentially, down the road, an equity, interest or something. I’m just letting them know I want something else.”