Even if it’s a mere charade, a ploy of some sorts on the part of boxing’s biggest name, the fact that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has even been talking about fighting Conor McGregor as of late speaks to the transcendent nature of the Irish MMA phenomenon’s star power.
Floyd isn’t the only fighter from another combat discipline interested in a bout with McGregor either. On Monday, GLORY Kickboxing welterweight champion Nieky Holzken took to Twitter and let “The Notorious” one know that if the Mayweather fight doesn’t happen, he would be happy to step into a boxing ring with the still-reigning UFC featherweight king.
— Nieky Holzken (@niekyholzken) May 23, 2016
The 32-year-old Dutchman is widely considered one of the world’s best strikers and has compiled an astounding professional record of 89-11-0, according to the GLORY website. Within the organisation itself, Holzken is a perfect 11-0.
“The Natural” has also flirted with the professional boxing game, logging 10 wins between March 2013 and February of this year, without suffering a loss. All but 2 of those wins came by way of stoppage.
McGregor might be well-advised to ignore this particular call out.
Despite the assertion that he would like to go to battle with McGregor, Holzken actually seems to be a fan of the UFC’s cash cow. In a July 2015 interview with BloodyElbow, he complimented McGregor’s persona and touted his boxing skills as being among the best in the sport.
“I like that guy very much, he is something special,” said Holzken. “He is very charismatic and he is a very good boxer. You can see in his movement in and out, the way he uses the uppercuts. I like fighters who can box and for me he has got the best boxing of anyone in the UFC. He’s very interesting to watch”.
Later, he even offered to help McGregor prepare for UFC 194 and his massive featherweight title unification bout with Jose Aldo, whose stand-up style is predominantly Muay Thai – a discipline in which Holzken was formerly the European champion.
— Nieky Holzken (@niekyholzken) November 12, 2015