McGregor: Boxing Pacquiao ‘wouldn’t be bad’
When Conor McGregor got a rematch with Nate Diaz he made the largest disclosed fight purse in MMA to date at $3 million, a sum eclipsed by over $10 million in points on the PPV. Plus he made about a quarter of a million dollars from Reebook for apparel, and perhaps another quarter of a million dollars for the Vegas after party. And he got a $50,000 performance bonus. All told he made close to $15 million.
For boxing Floyd Mayweather he will make around $100 million. There will be no elbows to the face. No low kicks. No knees to the liver. He called it, “not even half a fight.” But it will quadruple his net worth.
He says he will box again, and with money like that, he would be bonkers not to. And Conor McGregor not crazy. Obsessed, but not crazy. During a recent media scrum, he discussed what’s going on in boxing.
“Who else is in today’s game? Canelo and Golovkin,” said McGregor, as transcribed by Alexander K. Lee for MMA Fighting. “I’m not really too much of a fan of either of those. I think Canelo’s a little bit stuck, a little bit flat on his feet. When I watch footage of him, I see him just getting peppered, he has no feet under him. Golovkin, I think came to camp for this preparation badly out of shape. I’m looking at him badly out of shape up in Big Bear and I just see a drained individual. …
“But I like the lighter guys. Lomachenko and Rigondeaux is a fight that I’m eager to see. Floyd’s young kid, Gervonta is okay, he’s good as well, good, strong kid. Maybe one or two more fights, I’d like to see him in the mix there.”
“Pacquiao wouldn’t be a bad one because he has a name,” said McGregor. “I don’t – look what happened to him in that last fight [vs. Australia’s Jeff Horn]. He got mauled. He got absolutely mauled in that fight. People were crying ‘big robbery.’ I didn’t see no robbery in that fight. I saw a man that just got mauled in a fight.
“None of those names interest me at this present time. Like I said, I’m facing the god of boxing at the moment. [Mayweather] is supposedly the God of boxing and he could have stayed the God, he could have rode off 49-0. Instead, now I am here. And now I am the God of boxing.”
However, before the God of boxing chooses his next opponent, he has to not get humbled by Floyd Mayweather on August 26.