Conor McGregor is scheduled to fight against Nate Diaz this weekend on March 5 at UFC 196 in Las Vegas, but the Irish fighter is already looking ahead into the future, at a potential big money fight.
McGregor stated in a recent interview that he would love to have a showdown with retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, in what could be a billion-dollar fight that many boxing and UFC fans would definitely pay to watch.
Speaking to BT Sport, the current UFC Featherweight Champion opened the door to the possible clash in the future with the widely considered greatest boxer of this generation.
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“I’m open to that discussion, come at me,” McGregor said: “I hold the key to the fight game. I am open minded, I am open to discussion. I love competition, I love fighting.
“It would be nice to make that fight if the fans are interested to see it and obviously they would.”
It certainly would be the fight that many people from around the world would love to see, as both of these men have a history with one another that is just itching for a fight to settle it once and for all.
Both fighters are famous for their fighting ability and for their trash-talking, however, McGregor has been praised more for his trash-talking, than what Mayweather was. The boxer claims this was down to the colour of UFC fighter's skin.
He said, according to Fight Hype, via the Irish Independent: "They say (McGregor) talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I'm cocky and arrogant.
"So biased! Like I said before, all I'm saying is this, I ain't racist at all, but I'm telling you racism still exists."
McGregor responded via Facebook, stating that people enjoying his trash-talking more than his has nothing to do with race.
“Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.
“In my family's long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again. If you want we can organise a fight no problem.”
With McGregor comments from BT Sport, he would love for this fight to still take place. The ball is now in Mayweather's court to respond to the call and hopefully arrange this billion-dollar bout and what could be the fight of the decade.
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