Despite never stepping into a boxing ring for a professional fight before, Conor McGregor has been given the task of defeating one of the best defensive fighters of all time in his first bout. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has reigned atop boxing for many years and sits with a 49-0 record coming into the August 26th bout. Clearly McGregor is starting at the top. So you’d think that if he lost, there wouldn’t be much that could bring him back for another trip to the boxing ring.
According to McGregor though, who spoke to the media after an open workout to hype the bout, that isn’t true. He says he intends to continue boxing after this fight no matter what, in addition to continuing his MMA career (via MMA Fighting):
“I love the sport of boxing. 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.”
“I will have fun. 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.”
UFC president Dana White has stated that McGregor will be back in the Octagon by the end of 2017 to defend his UFC lightweight title. As for boxing, it certainly seems like there’s some steam behind a Paulie Malignaggi bout considering what has gone down over the last week or so. We’ll have to wait and see on that one though.
McGregor and Mayweather meet in a 12 round bout at 154 pounds on August 26th in Las Vegas.