There have been multiple times that Conor McGregor appeared to be done with professional fighting.
The Irishman infamously ‘retired’ in 2016 following a dispute with the UFC in the wake of his defeat to Nate Diaz. And having made in the region of nine figures for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, no-one could have blamed him for deciding to step down and spend more time with his new son.
The lure of Khabib Nurmagomedov and the UFC lightweight championship that he once held proved too much to resist though, and McGregor will don the gloves once again at UFC 229.
The question now becomes whether this epic encounter will be his last hurrah.
His boxing coach Owen Roddy appeared on MMA Fighting’s Eurobash with Peter Carroll. While Roddy has no input into McGregor’s decision, his comments leaned more towards indicating that the ‘Notorious’ would stay on in the hopes of securing a super-fight.
“It depends on what fights are available, I think, for Conor”, Roddy told the show.
“If there is another big super fight and Conor feels like he would enjoy it, then he’ll do it. If the fans want it and stuff like that, I think Conor will take it.”
“I don’t know…I don’t think [he will retire]. I don’t look into the future to see what’s happening. Conor’s mentality hasn’t changed at all, so I don’t know.
This is potentially the biggest fight ever. We’ll go in and do that and then he’ll probably be on to the next biggest fight ever.”
In that sense, options abound. A rematch with Floyd Mayweather has been mooted recently by the boxer’s father, while the trilogy fight with Nate Diaz seems inevitable.
A challenge for the welterweight belt is possible if McGregor overcomes Khabib, and a genuine super-fight with Georges St-Pierre isn’t out of the question, with the Canadian legend often expressing an interest.