Last night was a crazy one in the world of mixed martial arts. Conor McGregor was across the pond in Manchester for a sit down interview with Ariel Helwani that produced A LOT of gems, and the UFC was in Denver putting on an awesome card.
The McGregor interview was off to a hot start even before it got under way after he put out a post on Instagram slamming everyone that wasn’t named Conor McGregor. As for the interview itself, the name Floyd Mayweather was brought up as expected.
As it pertains to McGregor’s response to that, there is a ton to sift through. Here are some of the highlights to get brought up to speed:
“That fight is more than just being explored. That fight has been in the works awhile now. Look, there’s a lot of steps to get through to get the fight going, but it’s the fight to make. It’s the fight the people want. It’s the fight I want. I know I’m confident going in there.”
“I’ve got the reach. I’ve got youth. I’ve got the confidence. I’ve got the unpredictable style. You can’t prepare for a style like me. A guy said to me, why conquer one world when you can conquer two? So I’m going to go conquer two worlds.”
“He’s the scared side, let’s be honest. He’s not trying to have a real fight. He needs rules to protect him. I don’t need rules. So he can say he’s this and he’s that, but in reality, he’s scared sh*tless. He is scared sh*itless. If I decide to just fight him straight-up, look, f*ck the UFC, f*ck MMA, f*ck boxing, f*ck sports fighting. Let’s just say we fight. It’d be the easiest fight ever.”
Conor went on to affirm that he believes his next fight will be in the boxing ring. With his launch of McGregor Promotions, something Floyd will certainly have something to say about, Conor has positioned himself to take on this venture on his own. He feels, however, that things would run much smoother if everyone, including Dana White and the UFC, was involved.
“Everyone’s got to know their place. There’s Mayweather Promotions, there’s the UFC, and now the newly formed McGregor Promotions, and we’re all in the mix. So that’s what I’m saying. Nobody is my boss. I know Floyd likes to say Dana is my boss and he decides. Hell no. Nobody decides this. If they let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can’t stop me going to fight a boxing fight. So obviously it’s smoother to do it all together, but look, everyone’s just got to know their place, and everyone does know their place. Low key, everyone knows their place, so we’ll figure it out.”
Coincidentally enough, Floyd Mayweather was sitting ringside during a Showtime boxing event last night and was asked his thoughts on McGregor’s interview:
“Can we make this fight happen? Absolutely. That’s what everyone wants to see. And of course, Showtime is the biggest and the best in the business. So hopefully Showtime pay-per-view, we can make it happen.”
Of course this is all easier said than done. But McGregor contends that this is the only fight that he is eyeing right now, and Floyd isn’t nicknamed “Money” for nothing.
Check out Floyd’s full interview below: