Conor McGregor is currently busy preparing for his upcoming rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202, but the outspoken Irishman hasn’t forgotten about the multi-million dollar payday that still sits on the table for a match against pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather name dropped McGregor as a potential opponent when talking about a return to boxing after retiring last year, and the mere mention of the “MMA vs. Boxing” premise had fans in a feeding frenzy.
Now, McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh says that they are definitely still interested in meeting Mayweather in the boxing ring, but the fight will only happen under one condition.
“There was talk that Conor would get $7 million and Floyd would get the rest of it. It will be an even share or Conor will not do it. There is no one generating the type of media that Conor is,” Kavanagh told the Business Post in Ireland during a recent tour for his new book “Win or Learn.”
It would have to be an even split. Conor is not going to take it if Floyd is getting more than him. Floyd needs Conor more than Conor needs Floyd right now.
— John Kavanagh
Mayweather admitted to starting the rumors about a showdown with McGregor, which would undoubtedly become one of the biggest pay-per-view draws in history considering the revenue both superstars have generated in their respective careers.
McGregor has sounded interested in the prospect of testing his skills against arguably one of the best technical boxers in the history of the sport, but there’s still any number of issues that would have to be sorted out before a fight could become a reality.
If the bout between McGregor and Mayweather ever did come together, Kavanagh says the former multi-weight class boxing champion would be in for a surprise against his fighter.
As prolific as Mayweather was throughout his undefeated career, McGregor is a different animal entirely and it would be a much bigger challenge than he might expect.
“Floyd is amazing. He is incredible. I don’t think there is a boxer who could beat him. He has figured out boxing, but Conor doesn’t move like a boxer,” Kavanagh said.
Long before McGregor could start counting the millions he would rake in for a fight against Mayweather, he first needs to get past Diaz in their rematch on August 20.
McGregor fell to Diaz by rear naked choke in March, and now he’s getting a shot at redemption when they meet in Las Vegas.