UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor spoke recently with the tremendous Lance Pugmire for the LA Times about the coming fight with Floyd Mayweather. The conversation came after Notorious accompanied fellow Irish fighter Michael Conlan at his prizefighting debut, and shouted directions from ringside at Madison Square Garden.
“I know what I was doing,” said McGregor. “Listen, man, I’ve been doing this my whole life.”
“I’m ready to box. I’ve been ready for a long time. The game’s going to be in shock when I step in the ring. Trust me on that.”
McGregor said he and longtime partner Dee Devlin are expecting their first child in eight weeks, and he hopes to box Mayweather in the Fall.
“[September] is what I’m thinking,” said McGregor. “That’s what the word is. That’s what we’re close to doing.
“I’ve tried to talk to Floyd. I flew to Las Vegas to have talks with Floyd and then he retired. He just doesn’t want to see me. He’s petrified. Wouldn’t you be? No one knows what to expect with me, and they shouldn’t.
“Because I don’t know what to expect either.”
There are five factors to making this match:
1. Will it make money?
2. Does Mayweather want to do it?
3. Does McGregor want to do it?
4. Will UFC president Dana White allow it?
5. Can the parties come to terms?
1-4 are all yes. Given that this will be the biggest PPV draw in boxing history vs. the biggest PPV in MMA history, the resulting continent of cash should leave ample room to find agreement. In sum, Conor McGregor will box Floyd Mayweather.