Conor McGregor closed out his 2016 campaign in historic fashion, by adding the lightweight title to his resume, but the talk and debate as to whether pro-boxing is in his future, won’t go away.
This past summer, the rumor mill about a boxing match between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather was running overtime. After the Irish star defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August, however, all that talk died down, somewhat. But, after it was revealed more recently that McGregor has received a license to box in California, once again, we’re talking about the heavy handed fighter boxing…Even though McGregor would need permission from the UFC to do so.
“I can go now and conquer the boxing scene. That’s a very serious thought and a very serious conversation that is happening.
“I certainly don’t need him (Mayweather). I could pick some local schmuck and still do big numbers.
“Of course the Floyd fight is the fight the public want to see. It’s the fight we all want to happen.”
Now, more than a few people have speculated that McGregor is in fact using all this boxing talk, as leverage against the UFC. It certainly seems like McGregor isn’t happy with how the promotion handled stripping him of the featherweight title, and recently the 28 year-old said he wants an ownership share of the UFC.