On August 26th, Conor McGregor will look accomplish a goal not yet achieved by any man in a boxing ring: defeat Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
McGregor (21-3 in MMA) understands that his task is a lofty one as Mayweather has reigned supreme atop boxing’s mountain for well over a decade, undefeated and undisputed at 49-0. Going into this bout with Mayweather, many figure it to be a ‘one and done’ deal for the Irish superstar. Especially if he tastes defeat in his boxing debut.
If you ask McGregor however, he doesn’t intend to be a one hit wonder:
“I love the sport of boxing.” McGregor said in a media scrum after his open workout Friday night (via MMAFighting). “Boxing has been dear to my heart my whole, entire life. I will contend in boxing bouts going forward, and I will contend in mixed martial arts bouts going forward. I will rule both with an iron fist, and that’s where my mindset is.”
McGregor seemingly intends to continue boxing after this fight no matter what, in addition to thriving MMA career.
“I will have fun. I like it over this side. It’s good. The buildup is good, the preparation is good, I love the sport of boxing, I love the sport of mixed martial arts. I just love fighting. So wherever there’s a fight, you’ll see me.”
UFC president Dana White has stated that McGregor will compete in the Octagon by the end of 2017 to defend his UFC Lightweight championship. As for boxing, Conor eluded to a handful of opponents that could certainly generate his interest such as Manny Pacquiao, Gennedy Golovkin, and Canelo Alvarez. There also seems to be steam behind a Paulie Malignaggi bout considering what has gone down over the last week or so. But that doesn’t distract him from the fact that he is still a reigning champion within the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“After this fight, we’ll see how current fights take place. Then also I’ve got multiple world titls that I must defend back in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Options are a beautiful thing in the fight game and boy do I have many.”
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor goes down in a 154 pound bout across 12 rounds on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.