Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor has recently called for a rematch with his latest foil Khabib Nurmagomedov. Yet the undefeated Russian isn’t the only former opponent the Irish star is interested in rematching. He’s also keen on a do-over with undefeated pugilist Floyd Mayweather, who he lost to in a blockbuster boxing match in 2017.
“I would love another go in the boxing arena,” Conor McGregor told motivational speaker Tony Robbins recently, assessing Mayweather’s seemingly unbeatable style (transcript via MMA Weekly). “Floyd is known for his Philly-shell defensive style of fighting. He has his right arm tucked in, or he’s orthodox so it’s the opposite, but he has one arm tucked in by his belly and one arm kept up by his ear. He uses his shoulder to deflect shots. He’s a back footed fighter, he fights on the back foot.
“That’s what I prepared for because that is all I had seen of him. My sparring partners were fighters on the back fight, fighting defensive, back against the ropes and then when I went into the fight in the early rounds, I was whooping him in the early rounds. I actually went back to my corner after the first round and said ‘this is easy’. I literally said that to my corner man, this is easy and then he had to switch up his style.”
While Floyd Mayweather was able to surprise Conor McGregor by switching up his style after the first few rounds of their fights, the Irishman has no doubt he’d win a rematch.
“I believe I would win,” he said, before correcting himself. “Actually, there I go again with the fake humbleness — I know I would win.”
Conor McGregor is not currently scheduled for a fight, but as ever, he’d seem to have plenty of interesting options in the UFC’s Octagon and the boxing ring.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/24/2019.