Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor: Mayweather Needs Me!

Conor McGregor has spoken for the first time since he was withdrawn from UFC 200 and told rumoured boxing opponent Floyd Mayweather that it is he who holds all the cards if they fight.

Speaking with ESPN, the UFC World Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor has lifted the lid on his dispute with the promotion on media duties describing the stand-off as a “civil war”.

The Irishman explained he didn’t wish to stop all promtional activity in the run-up to UFC 200 and a rematch with Nate Diaz. He did, however, want a far more scaled back schedule allowing him to focus on training, which he felt he had neglected in promoting the previous fight.

He also spoke about his much hyped potential bout with legendary undefeated boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He claimed that Mayweather leaked the story, but that he had absolutely no intention of accepting the rumoured $7m to the boxer’s proposed $100m, a sum he dismissed as a “pay cut”:

“Who else can he fight? He fights someone else in the boxing realm and all of a sudden the pay goes from $100m to $15m. So, he needs me. If he wants to talk, we can talk, but it’s me who’s in control here…

“He can make the all the rules he wants. I know he will not want to fight in a mixed martial arts contest in a true fight. He’ll want in a limited fight there’s no problem, I can do that. I will set aside many other forms of fighting that I practice and focus on one particular craft.”

McGregor met with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta last week to discuss rearranging his rematch with Nate Diaz, potentially for UFC 202. However a similar meeting with Diaz didn’t appear to go well as the UFC owners stormed out of the restaurant where they were eating together.

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