Coach reveals Conor McGregor received $5M offer to fight Chinese kickboxer

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Floyd Mayweather isn’t the only combat sports superstar to receive lucrative offers to partake in exhibition fights with kickboxers overseas. Apparently, his former opponent Conor McGregor received a very similar proposition, as he was recently offered $5 million to battle a Chinese kickboxer in a three-round contest.

“I’ll give you a funny one,” McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh said during a recent appearance on The True Geordie Podcast (transcript via Express). “I had a guy message me just a few days ago – a Chinese kickboxer [who] wanted to do three rounds with Conor for $5 million.”

Kavanagh went on to explain that, while he initially believed this offer to Conor McGregor was a sham, it turned out to be legitimate.

“He was going to put it in escrow. It wasn’t like he was just [joking]. Because again, I get a million messages like that a day, but you just don’t pay attention [to them]. But this guy was connected and it was a legitimate offer. But I know he wouldn’t [do it].”

“You get the odd funny message like that. And like I said, it was a genuine [offer]. I know the boxing promoter well and he’s very well known. So he wasn’t going to come with an offer that wasn’t legitimate.”

Conor McGregor last fought on October 6, when he was submitted by UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229. The Irish MMA superstar is currently awaiting his punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, having been involved in a wild, post-fight brawl with Nurmagomedov’s team after the fight. The Irish MMA superstar is currently 21-4 as a mixed martial artist, and 0-1 as a boxer.

Do you think we’ll see Conor McGregor partake in exhibition bouts like the one Floyd Mayweather is gearing up for in the future?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/22/2018.