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Mayweather Invites McGregor to Train, Conor Responds Emphatically

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Conor McGregor will have the opportunity to get some tips from a former foe ahead of his title bout at UFC 229 if he so chooses.

Floyd Mayweather, who defeated McGregor via 10th round technical knockout in a boxing match in August 2017, recently told TMZ Sports that he’d welcome the Irishman to his boxing gym in Las Vegas. McGregor is slated to face the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.

“I’ll talk with [UFC President Dana White], I may talk with Conor to get some tickets,” Mayweather said. “But leading up to the fight, when McGregor gets to Las Vegas, we’d like him to train at — I know the UFC has got a training facility — but we’d like for him to work out at the Mayweather Boxing Club.”

The one-year anniversary of Mayweather’s victory over McGregor on Aug. 26, 2017. The pound-for-pound boxing great reportedly earned $300 million for the bout, while McGregor took home in the neighborhood of $100 million. The bout drew the second-most pay-per-view buys in history behind only Mayweather’s blockbuster matchup with Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather has teased an MMA debut since then, but for now he remains retired from combat sports. While he clearly has respect for his onetime opponent, he abstained from making a prediction on the UFC 229 headliner due to his unfamiliarity with Nurmagomedov.

“I don’t really have a prediction because I’ve never seen the guy that’s facing Conor McGregor, but from what I know he’s a hell of a guy that’s on the ground, a hell of a grappler, and he can wrestle,” Mayweather said. “But the fans want to see you stand up and fight, that’s what the fans like to see. Conor McGregor, he’s a tough competitor.

“Conor McGregor’s not going to back down from anyone. He’s not scared. He’s a warrior.”

If you thought that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were on their way to becoming drinking buddies, think again.

TMZ Sports recently interviewed Mayweather and asked him about the upcoming fight between McGregor and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov scheduled for UFC 229. Not only did Mayweather refer to his Irish rival as a “tough competitor” and “a warrior,” but he essentially invited McGregor to train at his gym in Las Vegas.

“I’ll talk with [UFC President Dana White], I may talk with Conor to get some tickets,” Mayweather said. “But leading up to the fight, when McGregor gets to Las Vegas, we’d like him to train at — I know the UFC has got a training facility — but we’d like for him to work out at the Mayweather Boxing Club.”

McGregor doesn’t seem so eager to bury the hatchet. The “Notorious” one responded as only he can via Twitter on Tuesday, and it doesn’t sound as though he will accept Mayweather’s offer.

“F—k the Mayweathers, except Senior and Roger,” McGregor wrote. “There is no peace here, kid. Step up or step down.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.