Conor McGregor claims a fight with Floyd Mayweather is coming together slowly but surely, and he has no problem doing it in a boxing ring. At a media event on Friday night, he said “Right now I have Floyd running around the Showtime offices gathering my money. He’s running around the Showtime offices begging for those executives to come up with $100 million cash to fight me.”
When a reporter asked him if it seemed like Floyd was “avoiding a real fight” by making the match under boxing rules, Conor shrugged.
“I don’t really hold it against him,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to come into my world, how is he going to come into my world? he’s a novice where I come from. He’s a phenomenal boxer, a phenomenal athlete. An intelligent business man. But he’s a novice in true fighting and that’s just simple fact. I don’t blame him for trying to make this set rules under the boxing rules. And like I said, I have no problem going over there. I would not show up unconfident. I would show up looking to kill that man and take that win down 100%. Why dominate one world when you can dominate two?”
His philosophy on taking fights outside the realm of mixed martial arts was pretty simple: “If he comes with the bread, with the cash, we can have a knock no problem.”
“Look, if you wanna fight me, we can fight,” McGregor said. “If you need a specific ruleset to protect you from a true fighter, that’s no problem. Just make sure that money is there, and so long as that money is there then we can fight under your safety net of rules. But me, I don’t need rules. I am the f**king rules.”
“I’ve got the boxing community saying I can’t box. And then I say okay, let’s fight. ‘Well, you can’t kick or elbow or grapple. So long as you can’t do that, we box your ass up.’ Okay, then. Then I got the grappling community saying I can’t grapple. So I’ll say okay, let’s fight. And then the grappling community is like ‘Well you can’t box or kick. So long as you can’t do that, then we grapple your ass up.'”
“All these people saying I can’t do this and I can’t do that. Well then let’s fight then, and all of a sudden they need these rules, they need to bring in rules to protect them. I don’t need no rules to protect me, I can fight any way. So that’s my thoughts on that.”
For some reason I doubt this speech is going to stop any of the many athletes in different sports from continuing to call Conor out and question his skills. Meanwhile, he’s the only one willing to cross over and compete at a disadvantage.
“All I know is everyone’s looking for rules, everyone’s looking for weight, everyone’s looking for cherry picking opponents. I’m up here facing a man that has a win over me and holds 20 pounds in weight on me. Look around the fight game. No one else is doing this. Nobody f**king else. That’s me. That’s who I am.”