It has been a pretty insightful two months for Conor McGregor since his retirement tweet blew up the internet back in April. Now that the dust is finally settling down and the communications lines have already been opened up again with the UFC, the mixed martial artist is met with a brand new fight offer, this time coming from pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Just like McGregor, “The Money” has also been known to be a no holds barred athlete when it comes to comments and although the two are in different combat sports division, Mayweather says that he is willing to work things out just for the supposed fight to happen.
While the thought of the two fighters come together in one epic head to head is a fascinating one, McGregor points out an issue that may just be the cold water that will douse down the buzz.
“He gets $100 million, and I get $7 million? That is a pay cut to me,” he said during a sit-down with ESPN (via SciFighting). “I don’t take pay cuts. I thought boxing was where the money was at. Seven million is absolutely laughable. He’s talking $100 million. I’m also talking $100 million. I’m 27 years of age and I’m just about halfway through a $100 million contract.”
Aside from the paycheck, McGregor also wants to make one thing clear shall he decide to push through fighting Mayweather. “He needs me. If he wants to talk, we can talk, but it’s me who is in control here,” the Dubliner stated. “At 27 years of age, Floyd Mayweather was an Oscar de la Hoya’s undercard. I have the size, I have the reach, I have the height. I have the youth. He needs me, I don’t need him. That’s the truth of it.”
Meanwhile, as everyone is tuned into what will happen next in terms of the proposed fight, McGregor’s supposed rematch Nate Diaz has still yet to pick up a booked date.
Diaz has previously expressed that he has no interest in fighting anyone else except McGregor.
UFC is standing by its decision that “Mystic Mac” will not be making any appearance in July’s UFC 200 as well as UFC 205 which will be the New York debut of the sport.