Conor McGregor’s inactivity in the wake of his August defeat to Floyd Mayweather has given rise to murmurings of a rematch.
In the course of his media rounds in the months after his professional boxing debut, McGregor emphasised his desire to defend his UFC lightweight belt, but not without reiterating his belief that a rematch with Mayweather could pan out differently.
“If I got another go I would beat him. It’s a style of fighting that caught me off guard because he never fights like that. I did not prepare or anticipate it. Ultimately it got him the win. Much respect to him but it is what it is.”
Even if that avenue remains closed for the 50-0 Floyd, talks of a 51st contest against another challenger have ramped up recently with ‘Money’ said to be ‘training like a maniac’ according to TMZ.
Mayweather has ‘retired’ more than once, and another nine-figure payday would be tempting if the 40-year-old feels he can still go. TMZ spoke to Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza, he of ‘weasel’ fame, about a potential return for the legend.
Showtime have hosted Mayweather’s pay-per-views since 2013, and Espinoza himself was prominent in the build-up to August’s showcase.
“I don’t think so”, he responded when asked about a Conor rematch.
“You know, Floyd seems pretty happy retired. I don’t think we’ll see him in the ring again. And it seems like the UFC really wants McGregor back in the cage. It’s Floyd’s call at some point, but I haven’t heard anything from him that makes it seem like he’s thinking about McGregor or anything else.
“At a certain point, 22 years in the sport, he’s given enough, so I don’t begrudge him wanting to retire.”
He did say, however, that if the demand was there, Showtime would ‘get behind the business’.