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- Conor McGregor is confident he would defeat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, under boxing rules or mixed martial arts rules. McGregor also pointed to Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz, Georges St Pierre, Max Holloway, and Paulie Malignaggi as potential comeback opponents in UFC. The 29-year-old appears determined to defend his UFC championship rather than compete in another “money fight.”
UFC star Conor McGregor says he would demolish Floyd Mayweather if the two fighters ever had a rematch.
Mayweather beat McGregor in the tenth round of their record-breaking boxing rules bout in August.
However, fight fans got a glimpse into what may be next for McGregor as he took part in a Q&A evening in Glasgow, hosted by Kong Events.
During the course of the event, McGregor challenged Mayweather to a cage-fight, called his former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi “a rat of a thing,” and listed alternative opponents for his UFC comeback, including a trilogy bout against Nate Diaz and a lightweight unification fight against interim champion Tony Ferguson.
‘If I had another go with him… I’d get that win.’
Of Mayweather, McGregor said:
“What sickens me is that the little motherf***** is retired now. If I had another go with him, under boxing rules, I’d get that win. He had to change his whole approach. With those lessons I learned, with another go around, I’d get it. He’s 50-0 and getting on, I’m not calling him out. I’ll sit back. We’ll see how he gets on with this round of money. Maybe I’ll get another call. Originally he was saying an MMA bout next. That’s what he said before the fight.
He did say an MMA fight. So if he wants to, lets f****** do it. There’s not a hope in hell… I’d like to see him come over to our side and have a knock. I earned their respect and put myself out there. Style over to my side and earn our respect now.”
And Mayweather is not the only boxer McGregor wants to fight in a UFC octagon.
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The Irishman also wants to settle his rivalry with former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi. The former two-weight world champion reportedly felt “exploited” by McGregor’s team and subsequently broke a golden rule in boxing by revealing McGregor’s biggest weakness ahead of the Mayweather fight.
“Paulie is talking enough s***, he’s stuck for money, and looking for a fight,” McGregor said. “He’s talking about b****, bringing b****, well bring your b**** and fight in a real fight. That’s where we’re at… I’d like one of them to come over on our side.
He’s a f****** rat of a thing. If he wants, look, f***… I’ve got the UFC title to defend. But if that little fool is stuck for money, maybe we could get him in for an MMA bout.”
McGregor also spoke out about some potential UFC opponents, including Tony Ferguson.
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When Tony Ferguson won the UFC interim lightweight title for his third round submission win over Kevin Lee on October 7, UFC president Dana White signposted a fight with McGregor to unify the lightweight championships.
It’s a showdown McGregor is interested in as it “could legitimise” his lightweight belt, a title he is yet to defend after winning it in show-stopping fashion against Eddie Alvarez in 2016.
Alternatively, McGregor could face long-term rival Nate Diaz for a third time. This is a fight McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh most wants to see and, for McGregor, it is one that “has to happen.” He added: “I have history with Nate as it’s 1-1.”
Negotiating his comeback
McGregor has previously demanded a stake in UFC, and when McGregor returns he will likely want the fight to be co-promoted by his own company – McGregor Sports Entertainment.
McGregor said his next UFC bout “should be in assocation with McGregor Sports Entertainment.” He added: “I feel I’ve earned that. I’ve pushed so many boundaries.
“I think they [UFC owners WME/IMG] can see what I bring to the table as a partner and that is what the offer will be.”