In August of 2017, Conor McGregor stepped into the boxing ring to fight the greatest to ever do it in Floyd Mayweather. The fight sold a record amount of pay-per-views and now, McGregor wants to rematch Mayweather.
“He gets his money and then it comes right back down, he must step back into the ring so I’ll be here ready for him,” McGregor said (via BJPENN.com). “I’ll be here ready and confident.”
Although McGregor is confident he could win in a rematch, the Irishman knows Mayweather is a tough fighter to beat given the challenges he poses.
“Floyd fought great,” McGregor said. “Usually he fights defensive against the ropes. Against me, he changed it up. The boxing world had not seen Floyd compete like that, that Mexican style, hands up over his eyebrows, marching forward. In my preparation when I was sparring, all my sparring partners were on the back foot, with the shoulder roll against the ropes, the way he usually would fight.
“When he came and switched that up, I wasn’t prepared. His experience showed through and he got the win. You can’t do nothing but respect that because that takes 50 pro fights to gain that experience and be able to switch through the gears like that.
“I prepared for the style he originally came out with, and I was whooping his ass when he came out that way because I was prepared for it,” McGregor continued. “When he switched up to a different style I wasn’t prepared for, he ended up getting the win, so much respect.”
In the end, McGregor wants to get that fight back. But, if the rematch does indeed happen, McGregor knows the adjustments and changes he would need to do to come away with a win.
“Next camp, and I do believe it should happen, I mean, why not? Why not?” McGregor asked. “If I have sparring partners in my camp that march forward, trust me when I tell you, I’ll send his head into the bleachers.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime