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McGregor: ‘There’s no telling what I could do’ in boxing
Conor McGregor’s boxing license has been making the rounds this week, and many saw it as a sign that the Irishman was gearing up to fight the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.
McGregor, though, who has won UFC belts in two different weight classes (featherweight and lightweight), says he has some of Mayweather’s previous opponents in mind.
“They're scrambling right now, but that's OK," McGregor said yesterday at a Q&A at The Devenish bar in Belfast (h/t Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting) "I'll leave them scrambling. I've got some other boxing opportunities, some potential opponents in mind. Some previous Floyd opponents. I can bring in anyone in the game. We'll see what happens."
In MMA, ‘The Notorious’ is most known for his laser-accurate left hand, a weapon he has used to stop the likes of Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier. McGregor also used his left hand to drop ex-lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez several times at UFC 205, before finishing the Philadelphia-based fighter with a wicked four-punch combination in the second round.
McGregor, as confident as ever, believes that if he dropped the MMA training entirely to focus solely on his boxing, he’d be able to take it to any opponent in the boxing ring, including Mayweather.
"Look, Floyd is a phenomenal boxer. It's a different craft for me to go in to do this. But with correct preparation, if I took out my jiu-jitsu training, my wrestling training, my kickboxing training, if I took out all those different disciplines and focused with the work ethic I have solely on the sport of boxing, there's no telling what I could do."
The Irishman became the UFC’s first-ever concurrent two-division champion at UFC 205, but was almost immediately stripped of the featherweight title. The stripping of McGregor’s 145 lbs belt coincides with his newly-issued California state boxing license, which could be nothing more than a negotiating ploy.
McGregor is likely to defend his lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson, or perhaps even challenge Tyron Woodley for the welterweight championship. Given that McGregor is under contract with the UFC, it’s highly unlikely that the new owners would allow him to compete in boxing -- the promotion didn’t allow Alistair Overeem to compete in K-1 -- but it would be interesting to see, nonetheless.