It’s going to be hard for Conor McGregor to top his next fight, which will see him step into the boxing ring to battle Floyd Mayweather this Saturday. That said, the Irish MMA star is already looking to the future, where he’s certain other big opportunities await.
“I’ve got another game that I must occupy also,” McGregor told the media on Wednesday of his fighting future. “The options are there. Multiple belts, multiple organizations, multiple styles… We’ll see what happens.”
When pressed, McGregor then dropped a major hint about his next fight, saying he has a trilogy fight in waiting, which of course implies a third battle with his fiercest rival, Nate Diaz.
“There’s many options,” he said. “I have a trilogy fight in waiting, which would be a big fight. There are many fights. Anything attached to my name is a big contest. I’ve been experiencing these big style fights for a long, long time.”
McGregor and Diaz are 1-1 across two bouts. Diaz shocked the world by winning their first fight with just 11 days to prepare, tapping McGregor in the second round. McGregor then evened the score in their second fight, defeating Diaz with a tooth-and-nail majority decision.
While a Diaz rubber match could be McGregor’s next challenge, he also recently hinted at a strange, MMA-boxing hybrid sport.
“After I get a victory on Saturday night, I would most certainly be open to competing in both sports,” McGregor said (h/t CBSSports).”Maybe going forward, since I’m the king of the boxing ring and the king of the Octagon already, once I’ve conquered both, maybe I’ll just create my own hybrid of an Octagon and a boxing ring. I’m an active fighter. I enjoy it. I don’t stop thinking about fighting. Most certainly when this one is done, I’ll have 20 seconds when I relish in victory. Then I’ll be like, ‘Who’s next?’ I just turned 29 years of age. I’m still very young in my career. I’m still looking to compete all over the place.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/23/2017.