Still in his best ‘El Chapo’ shirt, Conor McGregor spoke after that infamous press conference about Floyd Mayweather, fighting at 170lbs. and more.
The Irishman’s belated appearance at the UFC 197 press conference shocked many, but away from the spotlight of the stage and assorted world media, he was slightly calmer when speaking to Ron Futrell of CBS 8 News Now.
In challenging for a second straight UFC title, Conor McGregor and his coach John Kavanagh have made noises about moving up a further division to welterweight – with the man himself seeking to be a three-weight world champion by year end.
Here, he was somewhat more reserved on the issue, saying he’ll “see how it goes. It’s another option – I do enjoy options.”
‘The Notorious’ was then asked if he took Floyd Mayweather’s recent comments regarding racism in combat sport personally. While he wasn’t enamoured with being mentioned in the rant, McGregor actually found much of it to be correct.
“Eh, it is what it is”, he admitted.
“But don’t put my name in something like that. I didn’t take too kindly to that.
What he’s speaking rings true in many ways, but it has nothing to do with me or my success. I know who I am, and I know who he is – he’s done now. Let’s be real here, he’s gone now, there’s a new King in town.”
Of course, talk then turned to the much requested fight/boxing match between the two (not least by Conor McGregor himself), and his overwhelming confidence shone through again.
“Who knows what the future holds. I’m open to discussion, always. Let’s just remove the sports and rules from it. Who would win in a fight – me. I don’t care where, what or how. I would go into that game, no problem.”