Conor McGregor Finally Breaks His Silence
Earlier this week, MMA journalists Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto both tweeted the news that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor had secured his boxing license in the state of California.
Breaking: Conor McGregor has been issued a boxing license in the state of California, per his manager @AudieAttar.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 1, 2016
Confirmed with California State Athletic Commission that Conor McGregor has been issued a boxing license as of today.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 1, 2016
And while many people thought this was no more than a tactic to negotiate on his terms with the UFC, it seems McGregor is quite set on a future in boxing.
In his first interview since being stripped of the featherweight title, McGregor finally broke his silence.
Speaking earlier today at a Q&A session in Northern Ireland, McGregor spoke to a packed out crowd about his potential move to boxing, and a matchup with Floyd Mayweather.
“If I focus with the work ethic I have solely on the sport of boxing, there’s no telling what I could do, ” McGregor said.
“I would not go in there just to show up, I’d go in there to knock [Floyd] out. That’s it. He can be hit, he’s been hit before. Age waits for no man also, so I know they know that. I know the size is on my side, I know the reach is on my side, I know the youth is on my side.
“There’s a lot to lose for them, so that’s why they’re scrambling… But that’s okay, I’ll leave them scrambling. I’ve got some other boxing opportunities and potential opponents in mind. Some previous Floyd opponents. They can bring in anyone in the game. We’ll see what happens.”
One man who has thrown his hat into the ring for a potential boxing fight, is welterweight boxing champion, Paul Malignaggi.
Malignaggi recently took to Twitter to call out the “Notorious”, saying he should test the waters with him before moving on to Mayweather.
If the Floyd talk is serious you gotta test the waters against a decently recognizable n respectable name right? My teams phone will be on. https://t.co/53KetmHTV0
— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) December 1, 2016
When McGregor was asked about a potential fight with him, he responded in typical McGregor fashion.
“I don’t even know who the fuck that is, ” McGregor said. “I don’t know who the fuck that is but I’ll slap the nose off him if he ever mentions my name again.”