McGregor confident he’d beat Mayweather in rematch

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

Mixed martial arts great Conor McGregor stepped into the boxing ring for a competitive fight for the first time in his professional career last month, with Floyd Mayweather Jr. being the opposition. While McGregor had his moments early in the bout, Mayweather’s experience won out in the end as he moved to 50-0 in his career with a 10th-round TKO.

Mayweather said after the fight that he was truly calling it a career, but that hasn’t stopped McGregor from giving his opinion on what would happen in a potential rematch. According to MMA Fighting, McGregor said during the “An Evening With Conor McGregor” event in Glasgow that he knows he would win the rematch if one were to ever take place.

“I know if I went another go with him, under boxing rules, I’d get that win. I know that. I know by the feeling of him in the first fight,” he said.

“He had to change his whole approach. He fought completely different than he ever fought. He couldn’t figure out what I was doing early on.

“With the lessons I learned from that first fight, if I had another go now, I’d get him. At the same time, he’s 50-0 and he’s getting on, I’m not gonna start calling him out. I’m happy to see a fighter (do well).”

As McGregor said he will not look to call out Mayweather, with the two-time UFC champion taking a “wait and see” approach instead. During the event McGregor said that he’ll look to see how one of the greatest boxers of all-time spends the money made from last month’s fight, which could surpass $200 million when all of the numbers are tabulated. And according to McGregor, Mayweather was entertaining the possibility of giving MMA a try.

“Let’s see how he handles this round of money. I might get the phone call again and we may do it again. Originally, he said an MMA fight next. He was talking about an MMA fight next,” McGregor said.

“That’s what he said before the fight. So, what’s he going to do? Does he want another fight? In my head I’m thinking, get one of these boxing guys to come over into my world now.”

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