Conor McGregor looking for Floyd Mayweather rematch as he sends defiant message

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It appears that UFC fighter Conor McGregor still has his eyes on a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

The two faced off in one of the most lucrative boxing bouts in history in 2017, in which the American eventually prevailed thanks to a tenth round knockout.

'Money' had come out of retirement for the match-up and has not fought competitively since, with an exhibition match against Tenshin Nasukawa his only outing.

McGregor, however, thinks that Mayweather will be back in the ring at some point and is ready to face him should he do so.

“He gets his money and then it comes right back down, he must step back into the ring so I’ll be here ready for him. I’ll be here ready and confident,” said McGregor during a question and answer session in the US, as per Boxing Scene.

In the original bout, the Irishman was unable to take advantage of his mixed martials arts background under the fight’s rules, but he held his own and was not embarrassed. However, he was unable to put Mayweather under any real pressure, and it felt that the unbeaten boxer was always in control.

The UFC man has put his loss down to Mayweather’s unexpected change in boxing style, for which he admits he wasn’t ready.

“Floyd fought great. Usually he fights defensive against the ropes. Against me, he changed it up. The boxing world had not seen Floyd compete like that, that Mexican style, hands up over his eyebrows, marching forward.

"In my preparation when I was sparring, all my sparring partners were on the back foot, with the shoulder roll against the ropes, the way he usually would fight.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

“When he came and switched that up, I wasn’t prepared. His experience showed through and he got the win. You can’t do nothing but respect that because that takes 50 pro fights to gain that experience and be able to switch through the gears like that.

"I prepared for the style he originally came out with, and I was whooping his ass when he came out that way because I was prepared for it.

"When he switched up to a different style I wasn’t prepared for, he ended up getting the win, so much respect.”

Despite Mayweather’s clearly superior boxing ability, McGregor believes that, should the two enter the ring again, the result will be very different.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

“Next camp, and I do believe it should happen, I mean, why not? Why not? If I have sparring partners in my camp that march forward, trust me when I tell you, I’ll send his head into the bleachers.”

McGregor was last in action at UFC 229 in August last year, where he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov following a fourth round submission.

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