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Conor McGregor sat down recently with Ariel Helwani ahead of his fight Saturday night vs. "Cowboy" Cerrone, and among other things, talked boxing.
“I’d like to rematch Floyd,” said McGregor, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I think we should rematch Floyd. He’s flirting with [a comeback] and doing all this, he can go and pick someone else, it’s not going to be the same.”
“I done phenomenal [vs. Mayweather]. I done phenomenal in that bout, and the only reason I lost that bout was because I prepared for a back-footed, Philly-shell style of opponent, and when the fight was like that, I was picking him apart. Then, he came forward and started pressing, and I wasn’t sinking into my shots like I am now with my boxing coaches that are drilling specific boxing things into me again.
“I know I’d beat Floyd. I’d beat Floyd if we rematched - when we rematch. He’s not going to do a mixed martial arts bout, like he said. It was supposed to be me boxing then we do a mixed martial arts bout. That was what was said out of his mouth. It was not written but it was verbal agreement. Obviously that’s not going to happen and I’m not going to push him on that either but I would like to box him. I think that would be a good rematch.”
McGregor has said he plans to fight three times in 2020, culiminating in a rematch vs. champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Could a Mayweather rematch be one of the years three bouts?
“You never know,” said McGregor. “They’re good people to do business with, the Showtime people and Floyd. You never know.”
“But also I would be open to other boxing bouts. Manny [Pacquiao], we were actually close to signing [a bout with] Manny. There’s been talks about a Manny fight as well. There was an offer made on that. Just not yet.”
McGregor said the timing wasn't right to box Pacquiao, and that there's a third figure he wants to box.
And the Paulie [Malignaggi] fight. I’d like to box Paulie as well. I already knocked him out but that’s a bit of buzz as well. Paulie and a boxing bout. I want to box again. I will box again. I will get a boxing world title.
“I would box multiple times. I love boxing and I’m damn good.”
Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s financial manager and CEO of Mayweather Productions, offered a response.