I’d love to see it. He’s fun to watch. He’s a character. [But] he’s not that good of a fighter. He’ll let his hands go and so forth. He’s a little wild. He’s putting himself on a very high level. I think he’s more of a four-round fighter at this point. For [McGregor] to get ready and fight Mayweather it’s a different style. [Mayweather is] probably one of the best boxers in the world today. He’s [Mayweather] not a risk-taker anymore. He’s not the most exciting guy in the world. But, he’s still a great boxer. [McGregor] can’t beat guys like that, in my opinion.
UFC lightweight Lee confirms he has been brought in to help Mayweather prepare for his proposed super-fight with McGregor.
That fight with Floyd, it’s going to happen. Floyd’s management reached out to me a little while ago and asked me to be a part of the camp. So I’m excited to do that, I could use a couple bucks in my pocket, that’s for sure…It’s a win-win situation for [McGregor]. If he loses — which he’s going to lose, he don’t stand a chance in the fight — he knows it going in he’s just there for the cash grab and then he’ll come back and fight Nate, or he’ll bump up and fight Tyron, before he jumps down and messes with us real killers at 155. He ain’t stupid…It’s great for MMA, because it has no downside. It’s horrible for boxing, I ain’t gonna lie. And they’re paying me, so I better…(laughs)…but it’s horrible for boxing. I think it’s going to kill the sport of boxing, but the money is too large to pass up.
His prediction for the fight:
Floyd isn’t going to knock out Conor. Conor’s a much bigger man. I expect Conor to come out and try to sling Floyd around a little bit in the clinch, try to wear him down. If things get too hectic about that seventh, eighth round, he might start — I don’t know, he might start to rough him up with some elbows. I’m pretty sure Floyd’s going to have us prepare him for that — being able to throw him around, and maybe even kick him a little bit. You never know.
UFC KEVIN LEE ON WHEN HE BEGINS HELPING FLOYD MAYWEATHER TRAIN FOR CONOR MCGREGOR FIGHT
At a hearing in Las Vegas McGregor’s punishment for the water-bottle throwing incident before UFC 202 is reduced from $150,000 and 50 hours community service to $25,000 and 25 hours of community service, the same terms suggested by the Nevada attorney general’s office ahead of the initial hearing in October 2016. McGregor has six months to complete the community service and can do so in either Dublin or Las Vegas. The board’s chairman suggests that Nate Diaz, who was fined $50,000 and given 50 hours of community service for his part in the incident, should be reheard. NSAC executive director Bennett:
I just didn’t think [the original $150,000 fine] was fair.
After McGregor posts a video of Bernard Dunne’s 2009 World Title win over Ricardo Cordoba, Facebook user Daniel Bermingrud comments ‘how long did he hold it for’, trolling Dunne who held the belt for just six months before losing his first defence of the title. McGregor replies, saying:
Duffy, who beat McGregor with a 38-second submission in 2010, says McGregor cannot beat Mayweather
I think in combat sports, there’s always a puncher’s chance. In MMA, boxing, there’s always that puncher’s chance…I feel that Floyd is probably used to getting in there with bigger hitters than Conor. Boxers, them boxers really do hit [hard]. On the scorecards, I really feel it’s a landslide towards Floyd. He’s one of the best of all time. How he made Pacquiao look — and Pacquiao is one of the best boxers we’ve seen in a long time — I think that just proves the level he’s at. Canelo’s probably a bigger hitter than Conor, [look] how he boxed him. It’s different. It takes a while to get into that sport, and to get up to par. I think if he pursued boxing for a long time, he could’ve done very well, definitely, but Floyd has been doing this since he was a child. I really just can’t see it going any other way.
White says people should give Trump and McGregor a chance.
I do [think the McGregor-Mayweather fight will happen]. I don’t know [when]. There’s too much money involved…The great things about fights is you never know who’s gonna win…If it was guaranteed that Floyd was going to win this fight why would you pay for it. Conor’s 27, Floyd’s 40. Conor’s the bigger, stronger guy. He’s got knockout power. It’ll be an interesting fight.
I spoke at the RNC, so I was a huge supporter. Everybody needs to give him a chance. I’ve got 17 years’ experience with this guy. Always been good to me. Always been a standup guy. Give him a chance and let’s see what happens.
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Mayweather says that his fight with McGregor should take place in the Russian capital.
At the moment we have not signed any papers. But I hope that the match will take place in June. I want to give people the spectacle: the MMA world vs. boxing world. This fight can be organized in Moscow. I would choose Moscow, if I were asked today
Ferguson says that McGregor cannot breat Mayweather at boxing.
No way. Floyd’s just a different animal.
He also says McGregor does not want to fight him:
That dude doesn’t want to fight me directly. Conor knows exactly what he’s up against, and he knows I’m a force to be reckoned with. He can’t talk his way through this one. And the same thing with Nate. It’s a different scale with me…Well, why not? I mean, literally I was just fighting for the [interim] belt. I feel like I am a legit contender, I’ve got nine wins in a row, I’ve got X amount of performance [of the night] victories. Really, I’ve been putting in some work. I feel like I deserve it…If he’s all about business and being a punk he needs to vacate that belt but, I don’t know. If you want to box, let’s go. I’ll box you. That dude would get eaten up on his feet.
Jack O’Toole of The Independentsays McGregor stole Conlan’s spotlight.
McGregor has forged his star on seizing the moment, whether that be dispatching former Featherweight champion Jose Aldo within 13 seconds, or sending Twitter into a frenzy with his ‘thanks for the cheese’ retirement tweet last year, McGregor has always demonstrated an ability to capitalise on his surroundings. However, on Friday in New York, he pushed his own brand at the expense of Michael Conlan’s, as the only time the Crumlin native was out of the spotlight was seemingly between bells, when Conlan, Tim Ibarra and referee Benjy Esteves where the only three people permitted to be inside the ring. But even during the fight McGregor was the centre of attention, as he was forced to move from Conlan’s corner to the opposite side of the ring where he was given a folding chair to sit on by arena security, which was akin to giving a child sunscreen in Spain, you can try, but naturally, they’re going to be reluctant at your proposals, even if it’s the best thing for them…[McGregor’s] shadow looms large, Conlan, and the press certainly know that, but if you open the door to the wolf, don’t be surprised when he works his way right into the hen house.
McGregor talks to reporters after the Conlan fight.
I’m the boxing guy. Watch me take over boxing. Trust me on that. No-one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that. When I step in there I’m gonna stop the whole goddam world…Trust me I’m gonna stop Floyd and you’ll all eat your words. The whole world will eat its words…I am boxing!
Conor Mcgregor "I'm gonna stop floyd! The world is gonna eat their words! I am boxing!
Austin says that McGregor should stop criticising WWE and learn more about what the wrestlers actually do.
The dude [McGregor] is a wrestling fan from way back and I love to watch him. But if anybody in the UFC or MMA world ain’t got no respect for pro wrestling, just the lifestyle and brutality of it, I would invite you to take your training camp to a different town and train in a different town everyday just like the WWE people do. Then go home on the couple days we give you, and then go back on the road, take that training camp and get ready for a big ass fight. When you throw the travel in, you ain’t got no posse taking care of your ass, you’re doing it solo. Go do that, do it for 10-15 years and then report back to me, because I want to see what the science and the lifestyle taught you about what the f-ck we do.
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Clean work. As he goes on he’ll get more comfortable under that pressure. It’s a different bubble in there, when you feel that kind of intensity. It was beautiful. Once he got loose, got the stoppage. Very, very happy with it. I wish him all the success in the future. We know the skills he has. Everybody knows how talented he is. He came through his first test. He’ll only grow and rise from it.
And hints that the Mayweather fight, which he says is close to signing, will not be in June:
F-ck Floyd. This whole boxing world don’t know what they’re gonna see when I roll in here. I’m unpredictable. Nobody knows what they’re in for. Everyone’s writing me off. There’s gonna be a shock. I’m ready. I’m looking forward. I’m excited. We’re very close to inking it. [Interviewer: For June?] No, well listen. I’m not gonna say no more. We’re very close, that’s it.
'F*CK FLOYD MAYWEATHER!' – CONOR McGREGOR GOES ON ONE – SAYS FIGHT IS CLOSE AFTER CONLAN PRO-DEBUT
It’s your night. There’s a lot of people out there, great energy. Stay calm in it. Feed off of it but don’t overfeed off of it. You know this. You’ve been doing this a long fucking time. Go out and enjoy yourself out there.
CONOR McGREGOR GIVES MICHAEL CONLAN ADVICE BEFORE HIS PRO-DEBUT IN NEW YORK *DRESSING ROOM FOOTAGE*
I don’t know [when he will go back to the Octagon]. He obviously has a lot of opportunities right now. Tony Ferguson’s out there. The Floyd Mayweather thing is out there. We’ll see how this thing plays out. [Floyd Mayweather] is still a possibility. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for my business, but I’d never keep Conor from making that kind of money. [The T-Mobile booking] has nothing to do with the Floyd fight. [Conor’s next fight in the UFC is going to be for the 155 pound title]. That’s what it should be.
At a press conference for Michael Conlan, Macklin says McGregor has built up huge support with Irish fans.
The real star, the guy who’s really woken up the sleeping giant that is Irish fight fans, is Conor McGregor. Not a boxer, he’s an MMA guy. He has really shot to superstardom. He is the biggest star in combat sports. And Conor will be carrying out the Irish flag for Michael.
In an interview Conlan talks about his upcoming fight in New York, and McGregor.
Irish fans are the best fans in the world. I’m getting 200 people coming from Ireland, more maybe. That’s just a rough estimate. I’m very, very grateful and honored to have them out here…I’ve known Conor since 2015. Ireland’s a small country: there’s eight million people in New York, and four million in Ireland so it’s a small place and we stick together…We talked and we started to grow our friendship. After the Diaz loss he got me to get him sparring partners for him…Our relationship has grown and grown…It’s an honour for me to have him [carry the tricolour for me], and an honour for him, having the hopes of the nation on both our shoulders…I would love to [carry the tricolour for him when he fights Mayweather]…Floyd’s the greatest fighter that there’s ever been. So it’s almost an impossible task for Conor. But anything can happen in boxing.
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Nelson, McGregor’s training partner, says that he has recently met MCGregor in the gym.
He’s more training boxing now, getting ready for the Mayweather bout. That’s the focus right now. He’s around but I didn’t train with him this time. It’s going to generate a lot of money. I think that’s the idea of it all. But I believe in Conor too. I have a hard time predicting exactly how this thing goes and how good Mayweather is at boxing compared to Conor. But I just know that Mayweather has struggled with southpaws. Conor is also bigger than him. Mayweather is almost always the bigger guy, except maybe when he fought Canelo. Conor has the reach as well. I think Conor could trick him in his own game. I’m just looking forward to seeing it.
Rogan says McGregor may have something up his sleeve.
There’s something about [Conor McGregor]. I’m telling you, there’s something about that dude. He’s got something going on. He’s got a little something extra special but he would need everything to line up. Mayweather would have to dismiss him as a threat. He’d have to not train hard enough, he’d have to not seriously consider the possibility that Conor connects on him and knocks him out. And then Conor would have to do some roughhousing. He’d have to hold him in the clinch. He’d have to hold him and hit him. He’d have to try and get off as many shots and bully him around and wear him out. It’s a possibility. He’s a much bigger man. He’s a much bigger man. If you compare the two of them frame-wise, if they ever do do it, and they’re standing right at each other, looking down at each other doing eye-to-eye, you’re gonna go ‘oh, shit.’ [Conor]’s a big f-ck. He can make that 145-pound cut when he’s on death’s door, but Mayweather makes it easy.
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McGregor and Devlin have told friends that they will name their baby boy after a famous fighter, but have not told them the name yet. Source:
Conor and Dee have had loads of suggestions from friends and have been reading up on names since it was confirmed they’re expecting a boy. They’ve both said they like the name of a fighter most fans would recognise and they seem pretty settled on it. Conor has told a few friends that’s the name.
Mayweather says McGregor will damage the reputation of the UFC if he avoids fighting him.
I’m out of retirement now just for Conor McGregor. Tell the ufc to let’s make this fight happen. I don’t want the UFC to look bad – because us boxers we’re not ducking and dodging anyone. So I don’t want Conor McGregor to duck or dodge me. He called me out. He acted like he really wanted to fight to happen. So let’s make it happen.
We gonna fight standing up. Because real men fight standing up. I’m from old school. I’m not gonna kick my shoes off. I’m not gonna be between no man’s legs, wrestling on the ground. I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna kick ass. That’s what I do. I’ve been doing this for 21 years.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER BLASTS CONOR MCGREGOR; SAYS "PUNK BITCH" IS ALL BARK AND DOESN'T WANT TO FIGHT
St-Pierre says that, while McGregor is good at attracting publicity, he doubts his fighting skills.
I believe Conor McGregor is the biggest draw for the sport in terms of popularity. But I don’t know if, in terms of fighting, he’s the best guy pound for pound. He’s the guy that makes the most noise, of course, but skillset talking, I don’t think he’s the number one guy. He’s the guy that makes the most noise, of course, but skillset talking, I don’t think he’s the number one guy. But he’s been proving a lot wrong in the last few fights, including myself, I was very impressed. We’ll see what the future holds for everyone.
On his The Undefeated Tour Mayweather calls out McGregor.
For Conor McGregor. I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor. I don’t want no more excuses about the money. The UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. LEt’s fight in June. You’re the B side. I’m the A side…I’m tired about all this crying about money. Blowin’ smoke up everybody’s ass. If you wanna fight sign the paperwork. Let’s do this.
Mayweather says McGregor is all talk and no action.
I think that, a lot of times with competitors and athletes and fighters, we can ask for certain things that we really don’t want. I want to fight, I want to fight. There’s a lot of barking but there’s no biting. When you talk about biting, sign the contract. Don’t talk the s**t. If you really want to fight, sign the contract and we can make it happen. So just letting the world know that he’s full of sthit and he don’t really want to fight. ‘Oh, I want to fight, I want to fight, I want to fight. Mayweather’s scared of me.’ Listen, I’m my own boss, so let’s make the fight happen. You talking all that shit, you acting like you want to fight, I don’t think you really want to fight. Sign the contract, let’s make it happen…You belong to the UFC and you don’t own anything. Don’t bid yourself out. Just make the fight happen. Just like when I went out and I competed, at one particular time, I had to be the B side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When they brought the money to the table, I took it, kicked ass, and became the A side. Now I’m the A side, come kick my ass and you become the A side…Conor McGregor, stop blowing smoke up peoples’ asses, you little bitch. If you want to fight, let’s make it happen you punk.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER BLASTS CONOR MCGREGOR; SAYS "PUNK BITCH" IS ALL BARK AND DOESN'T WANT TO FIGHT
On his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping says McGregor will not fight Nurmagomedov.
One million per cent, it kills his chances of ever fighting Conor and it puts the UFC in a very difficult position. If they make that rematch between Khabib and Tony, and Khabib wins, there is no way Conor is going to accept that because he is going to say, ‘I’m not going to take that risk of having an entire fight camp for him not to make it to the Octagon so I’m not going to do it’.
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Diaz says McGregor can beat Mayweather if he strikes early.
I think it’s a big publicity stunt…[McGregor’s] got an amateur style, where he’s got the good movement and punches for six, eight minutes. That time equates to about two rounds out of the 10 in a full boxing match. Anybody can be good for … six, seven minutes — anybody — and they all have that puncher’s chance. But ready to go round after round and he’s gonna be a hard person to get a hold of, so it’s gonna be rough one.
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A Dublin man says McGregor’s win over Aldo inspired him to change his life and transform his body over the course of 12 months. Thomas Nolan, 23, weighed more than 22 stone (139kg) in December 2015 when he flew to Las Vegas to watch the fight. Since then he has lost more than six stone (38kg) and started a new career as a personal trainer.
I went on a holiday to Las Vegas with my brother to see the Conor McGregor fight against Aldo. The journey there was a nightmare. I was so anxious, I felt like I was so close to having a panic attack the whole time. When I was in Las Vegas I had to go into a shop for obese people to find something to fit me. That was so demoralising. The night I saw McGregor fight changed my life. This guy, who is from just down the road from me, could inspire this whole stadium of people and Irish people across the world. It was amazing. He could do something like this and I was sitting in my bedroom every day, watching series after series on Netflix, eating just for the sake of eating. I knew something had to give.
Woodley says McGregor would rather lose to Floyd Mayweather than face fighters in the UFC.
We know Conor don’t want it [a fight with me]. Conor ain’t nothing. Conor is now in a position where he would have had to fight somebody real. He would have had to fight me, Tony Ferguson or Khabib. He knows we’re not a good matchup for him, we’re not going to fall into his antics, him talking crap, it’s not going to bother us. He knew he had to make a choice. His best option is to get the Floyd fight, take the L, walk away in the wind with $70 million and remain a legend in MMA.
Mayweather says he’s waiting on McGregor to put pen to paper so they can make this fight official for later this year.
The Conor McGregor fight, I don’t know if it’s going to happen. If it do, it do, if it don’t, it don’t. They ask me about this fight always. They’re always asking me about the fight. If Conor McGregor really wants the fight to happen, stop blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. Sign the paper. Sign the paper. You said you’re a boss. Just sign the paper and let’s make it happen.
Mayweather says McGregor should fight him and make tens of millions in a boxing match before the Irishman loses in the UFC.
The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight. If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I’d let Floyd Mayweather kick my ass for a lot of money. It makes business sense.
Mayweather also notes that McGregor is an employee:
There’s a difference between being an employee and an employer. If someone says ‘I want to fight Floyd Mayweather’, I can simply say ‘yes, let’s make it happen’. But when you’ve got a guy like Conor McGregor he has to talk to Dana White (the UFC president). Dana has to talk to Dana’s bosses. Conor’s not a shot caller. When they said ‘Why is Floyd Mayweather not fighting Manny Pacquiao?’, it was because Manny Pacquiao had a boss. I don’t have a boss. We could have easily made the fight happen years ago. Everything happens for a reason. The first time I was going to fight Manny Pacquiao I was guaranteed $50 million but I had patience. And when I had patience that fight became a $300 million fight. This guy said I’m a pussy, I’m scared, I’m a chicken. All 49 said the same thing and all the results were the same. So with that being said, if Conor McGregor really wants to fight me, we can make it happen. But is he blowing smoke up everybody’s ass? We need to know.
After Nurmagomedov pulls out of his fight with Ferguson, Cruz says Ferguson should fight McGregor.
We got to sit and wait and see what the UFC decides. The UFC are master matchmakers…It kind of messed up this card pretty good, because a lot of people were looking forward to it. So give ’em time to think about it. But I would says, looking from the outside in. You gotta kinda give the shot to Ferguson..You can’t hold Ferguson back because Khabib’s hurt.
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