So much for the idea UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was going to take his money and run for the hills.
With the only fighter ever to simultaneously hold two UFC weight-class titles expected to bank upwards of $100 million for his Aug. 26 superfight against undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr., many speculated it would mark the end of McGregor’s combat sports career one way or another.
Why fight again, if you’ve make so much money you never have to work a day again in your life?
But with two weeks to go until the fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, McGregor sounds like a man who has a vision for his future. And it includes both boxing and mixed martial arts fights.
“I love the sport of boxing,” McGregor said during his media scrum following his open workout in Las Vegas on Friday. “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.”
It’s too soon to tell where and under what circumstances such fights might go down although the fact McGregor worked out in a ring which had both McGregor Promotions and UFC logos on the mat seems a hint.
Either way, McGregor looked relaxed on Friday, and seems to be enjoying experience the unique brand of hype and buildup boxing megafights can bring.
“I will have fun,” McGregor said. “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.”