Last night, UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor bravely wandered into the boxing ring for a battle with undefeated defensive mastermind Floyd Mayweather Jr. While McGregor had some legitimate success early on, he fatigued in the second half of the fight, at which point Mayweather cranked up the offense to author a 10th-round TKO win.
Despite this loss, McGregor’s star appears to be higher than ever. The Irishman would seem to have options in both boxing and MMA, but in the opinion of his manager Audie Attar, MMA is the more likely outcome.
“He wants that trilogy [with Nate Diaz],” Attar told MMAjunkie. “You’ve got Khabib calling him out, then you obviously have Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee who are fighting for the interim lightweight title. You have Max Holloway, who is the 145 champ now, who Conor beat after blowing out his ACL at the beginning of the fight. You have options, and he loves mixed martial arts.
“Everyone is like, ‘Oh, he’s going to retire – he made so much money.’ He’s ambitious. He’s super ambitious, and he loves to fight. He loves to compete and he’s a superb professional athlete. So there’s much more of Conor McGregor that everybody will see, and we’ll see what’s next.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/27/2017.