Conor McGregor reacts to Mayweather’s Instagram post, ‘We’ll see what happens’
By Allan Fox: Conor McGregor has seen Floyd Mayweather’s Instagram post of a fight poster of the two for a boxing match in 2020, and he says the ‘rematch will happen.’ The UFC star McGregor has a lot of options available to him in 2020 besides Mayweather.
Manny Pacquiao is interested in fighting him this year, and he and his management team are waiting for UFC president Dana White to contact Al Haymon to start the negotiations.
It’ll be up to McGregor which direction he wants to go in 2020, whether that be Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) or a rematch with Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs). The way that McGregor was talking at the post-fight news conference last Saturday night, he seems interested in a second fight with Floyd.
McGregor defeated ‘Cowboy’ Donald Cerrone last Saturday night at UFC 246 in Las Vegas.
McGregor: The Mayweather rematch will happen
“You forgot McGregor Sports and Entertainment on the poster,” said McGregor at the post-fight news conference last Saturday in reacting to Mayweather’s Instagram post. “That right there, so it’s me and Manny. We’ll see what happens. He’s a funny man, Floyd. The discussions are always ongoing. They never stop.
“You know Floyd goes through money FAST, so he’s far from retired,” McGregor said about Mayweather. “That rematch will happen at some stage. We’ll see what happens.
“I spent so much time in my boxing gym,” continued McGregor. “I went back to my boxing roots from where I began. So what happens tonight. I smack him with my shoulder, and smack him with my foot. I was almost going to say to Joe, ‘that’s boxing 101.’
“I’ve been getting great training back at home. I’m an experienced fighter. I’ve been through it all. I can do it all. As long as I’m fit, we’ll see what presents itself,” said McGregor.
That fight poster that Mayweather posted on his social media of him and McGregor showed clearly that he wants the rematch. this year. It’s up to McGregor if he wants to take the Mayweather fight or face Pacquiao. There’s a lot of money to be made in either fight for Conor.
Given that boxing fans have already seen Mayweather beat McGregor in 2017, it make sense for Conor to fight Pacquiao. That would be a different situation with an older fighter, and a smaller guy.
You can argue more fans would buy into paying to see Pacquiao vs. McGregor than Mayweather-McGregor 2. Although McGregor was saying recently that he won rounds against Mayweather, fans don’t remember that. They remember how one-sided the match was, and how it ended with Mayweather stopping Conor.
Pacquiao waiting for McGregor
“It’s up to UFC, they call Al Haymon, and we are ready to go,” said Manny Pacquiao Promotions president Sean Gibbons to badlefthook.com on a fight with McGregor. “The Senator vs Conor is more interesting because there are a lot of unknown things that play into the fight. Mayweather been there, done that. McGregor doesn’t beat either one but the Senator brings a fresh look!”
It’ll be surprising if Pacquiao gets the call from McGregor for the fight rather than Mayweather, but you never kno
Champ he fought the first half of the decade 2015 please https://t.co/qs14z3gwyU
— Sean Gibbons (@KnuckleheadSean) January 16, 2020
“I don’t consider Mayweather,” said Gibbons to AB Boxing News in talking about whether Floyd deserves to be BWAA Fighter of the Decade. “Mayweather was the greatest fighter from 2010 to 2015, but then he disappeared for the rest of the decade. He did some good things, he made some money, and picked the right fights.
“The argument for Canelo is he’s been very steady, and he beat GGG, and he beat Danny Jacobs,” said Gibbons. “The reason I think the senator [Pacquiao] should be the Fighter of the Decade. What he did earlier in the decade was great, but how he closed it after 2017, being written off, losing to Jeff Horn.
Then to come back to beat Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA title, Adrien Broner, and then to close it out with [Keith] Thurman. What he’s doing at 40 is greater than what Canelo is doing in his prime. That’s the difference I see. He really only lost to [Juan Manuel] Marquez, and that’s it,” said Gibbons on Pacquiao.
It was a controversial move on the part of the Boxing Writers Association of America to pick Mayweather as the Fighter of The Decade for 2010 to 2019, since he fought only half the decade. They obviously picked Mayweather for his big wins over the following guys:
- Manny Pacquiao
- Canelo Alvarez
- Conor McGregor
- Miguel Cotto
- Marcos Maidana
Pacquiao deserves ‘Fighter of the Decade – Gibbons
“He got robbed against [Tim] Bradley, and got robbed against [Jeff] Horn, and then Mayweather,” said Gibbons about Pacquiao. “So Marquez and Mayweather. The rest you can toss out. He never turned anyone down either, and he didn’t cherry pick. He fought everybody and anybody, and he fought the best when they were still [fighting at their best].
“He’s got one fight with an option, so that puts him back on the market,” said Gibbons about Mikey Garcia as a potential opponent for Pacquiao. “First he’s got to beat Jessie Vargas. That’s no gimme. If Danny Garcia beats [Ivan] Redkach, then he’s in the mix. Shawn Porter is out there, even though he lost [to Errol Spence Jr.].
“The man that everyone talks about is Errol Spence,” Gibbons continued. “So over the next few weeks, he’ll make a decision. But right now the senator is enjoying basketball…At the very end of the rainbow, we hope for that pot of gold, Floyd.
“I’m getting some of that. I think that car wreck maybe is affecting him mentally now,” said Gibbons about Spence. “He’s talking the talk right now. We need to see him get back in the gym, and do some sparring, start working, and see how he is and how his body holds up,” said Gibbons.
Pacquiao’s losses to Mayweather, Tim Bradley, Jeff Horn and Juan Manuel Marquez during the 2010-2019 decide is what ruined his chances of being picked for the Fighter of the Decade.