Conor McGregor got his wish with a fight against Floyd Mayweather last weekend, but unfortunately for him, it didn't end the way he hoped, as he was defeated via technical knockout in the tenth round.
Despite the loss, Notorious can walk away from the fight with his head held high, as although he has never fought a professional fight before last Saturday, he managed to stay in the ring with one of the best fighters the world has ever seen longer than most people thought he could.
Now the Mayweather challenge is in the books, the biggest question left on the table is what is McGregor going to do next? In which sport will he have his next fight? Boxing or MMA? Inside the ring or inside the Octagon?
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The Irish fighter has certainly gathered enough attention to warrant another fight in the ring, but he is most likely to return to MMA to fight in the UFC once more, most likely to defend his UFC Lightweight Championship.
As for his opponent, it could be a number of different people, but one of the names that is constantly being thrown around is his rival Nate Diaz, who he has fought against twice before, losing at UFC 196, and winning at UFC 202. Another fight is needed to decide who wins this rivalry overall.
McGregor has promised in the past that the trilogy between himself and Diaz will be completed at some point, but the biggest obstacle that could be faced to make this fight is money. Nate Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez has said the American is looking for a huge paycheck to make the fight happen.
Perez said on Submission Radio, according to MMA Fighting: "At least $20 million, $30 million. Come on. UFC’s making a whole lot of money, a whole lot of money and they’re pocketing it. They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd – I mean, a good two fighters.
"It’s just like Mayweather when he fought Berto. It was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd. See, that’s what I’m saying, it’s the fighters that draw the crowd, and Nathan and McGregor, third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million easy."
So unless Dana White is prepared to dig deep into his pockets to pay the American, the chances are we're not going to be getting a third fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz anytime soon.
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