A reporter recently asked Floyd Mayweather why he hadn’t watched the Conor McGregor fight given that McGregor was “the Floyd Mayweather of MMA.” The boxer was not impressed by the comparison.
“I didn’t know Conor McGregor was undefeated,” said Mayweather. “I didn’t know that he had a reign in MMA for 20 years and undefeated, and was world champion in five different weight classes. That’s something I didn’t know.”
You can argue either way, noting particularly that McGregor was on welfare in April of 2013, and it took Mayweather more than a decade to be the highest paid athlete in world history. On the other side, Mayweather did become the lineal super featherweight titles one week less than two years after turning pro.
But there is an inescapable fact. Mayweather never lost in 20 years, and Conor McGregor lost this year, to Nate Diaz.
The great Nate was in New York and watched UFC 205 from a club box at Madison Square Garden, but it wasn’t at the UFC’s request. Diaz texted UFC president Dana White a request for tickets, but was told there was no room at the inn.
“As soon as [McGregor won], hundreds of people are turning around and staring at me,” said Diaz to Brett Okamoto for ESPN. “I’m like, ‘Hey, what do you want me to do? The UFC didn’t even want to give me tickets to this fight. I think they gave Nick Jonas my seat.”
Diaz is waiting for the trilogy fight, but isn’t begging for it.
“The UFC knows that’s a bad idea for him,” said Diaz. “Why didn’t I get tickets to this fight? I said, ‘I’ll leave him alone. I don’t want to fight the guy. Just let me get a seat.’ Me and my brother, they didn’t want to let either one of us in here.
“They want to hide me out, I think. Put him on more of a pedestal than they have already. It’s whatever though.”
“People question me, ‘Hey, when you gonna fight No. 3?’ I know that everybody needs to see that. If I’m gonna do something, that’s what I’m gonna do – but I’m not begging for it. If anybody should be asking for the fight, it should be him. He’s the one that has something to prove.
“Congratulations to Conor. He did a great job, got the two belts, but I just know that me and him both know what happened in [our] fights and that ‘greatest of all time’ stuff needs to just come to an end. I don’t remember any of the greatest of all times getting worked over like in the last two fights.”