Conor McGregor spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and took a moment to explain his most recent ‘retirement’ from the sport of mixed martial arts.
The second retirement in the career of Conor McGregor shot through the mainstream media with a similar degree of success as his first but for those in the know, it was hard to shake memories of the famed boxer Floyd Mayweather and his own somewhat casual relationship with hanging up his gloves.
In a far-reaching interview he turned in with ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani, Conor explained how his decision to ‘step away’ from the fight game was brought about by the stresses that came with both the internal and external forces at play.
“You don’t understand the amount of things that go on behind the scenes. Sometimes I just need distance, like ‘hold on, I’ve rushed’. You must understand, my foot was like a balloon when I walked into that fight [with Khabib]. I’ve got all this footage backed up from that entire camp.
“When so many things are going on backstage and between my inner team and my outer team and the business side, sometimes you just need to take a back-step.
“But retirement? I don’t think I’ll ever retire from this game Ariel, never in my life. I will keep fighting until the day I go out.”
When asked whether it was true or false that he would fight this year, Conor expressed his hope that he would fight before 2020 arrives – and while he made his wise to fight to regain his world-title against Khabib Nurmagomedov clear, he also stated that anyone would do.
“In the return fight? You know, I want my world title back, I want that redemption. The camp was incorrect. I’ve learned so much on that. Knowing the committment I had in that camp and the performance I put on.
“But I’m not going to wait around. Whoever! If you’re asking me who, whoever!
“It’s hard to put it… I would say ‘true’. I would say we can get that done.”