We’re only 28 days into 2017, yet UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured) already has his entire year all planned out.
First and foremost, fly to Las Vegas to iron out the ridiculous $150,000 fine the Nevada Athletic Commission slapped him with for his part in UFC 202‘s pre-fight press conference bottle-chucking incident. Secondly, obtain a boxing license from the committee.
Last but not least, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I’m going to fly out there, fix it, I’m going to get my Las Vegas boxing (license) and then we’ll see where the [expletive] Floyd’s at!” McGregor stated during Saturday’s pay-per-view interview he hosted. “That fight [with Mayweather] is more than being explored. That fight has been in the works for a while now.
“Look, there’s a lot of steps to get through to get the fight done, but it’s the fight to make. It’s the fight that people want. It’s the fight I want.”
One of the primary hurdles McGregor has to clear is the finances. UFC president Dana White already offered both fighters $25 million apiece, plus PPV percentages to be negotiated. McGregor and Mayweather have each stated on separate occasions that they want $100 million and a piece of the PPV pie.
Another significant issue is how the superfight would be promoted. Mayweather has his Mayweather Promotions and McGregor recently launched McGregor Promotions. The UFC would obviously want to be involved, and they would fight to ensure that’s the case since McGregor is signed to their promotion.
McGregor claims that he could possibly sidestep the UFC in order to make the scrap happen, but he would prefer to keep them in the mix to alleviate any possible legal red tape.
“I believe so with the Ali Act, I believe I can [fight Mayweather without the UFC’s involvement], especially now that there’s offers on the table. But I think it’s smoother if we’re all involved,” McGregor said. “I think we’re all about good business. I’ve done great business with the UFC, with Dana, with everyone. I think it’s smoother if everyone just gets together, we get it involved, but again everyone’s got to know their place. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Notice McGregor said WHEN, and not IF.
“100 percent. I believe the next time that I step into a combat arena will be through the ropes wearing eight-ounce gloves,” McGregor stated. “I believe so. It’s very hard to go back now because I’m hunting now. So we’ll see.
“I believe it will happen by the end of this year or early next year. I believe either side of that it will happen.”
Mayweather, who is currently retired from boxing, turns 40 next month.
Despite never competing in a single professional boxing match, McGregor believes he has several advantages over arguably the greatest boxer of all time: “I’ve got the reach, I’ve got the youth, I’ve got the confidence, I’ve got the unpredictable style. You can’t prepare for a style like me.”
Before wrapping up his hour-long interview, McGregor fired off one final shot at his nemesis.
“F**k Floyd Mayweather,” McGregor shouted. “I’ma see you soon! I’ma see you soon!”