McGregor warns Mayweather he may pick Pacquiao, disputes $75m purse and clarifies future
On the day Conor McGregor was named in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential people, the UFC champion made a correction to Dana White’s statement on what he could earn when facing Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor is on the verge of agreeing to face Mayweather in a cross-codes boxing match, and according to White was likely to make $75 million from the contest.
‘The Notorious’ firmly disagreed with that figure, and took the opportunity to warn Mayweather that he could turn to Manny Pacquiao as his opponent should the ex-pound for pound king decide against signing on the dotted line.
“Happy Thursday everyone. How’s that 75 milli (million) make your stomach feel? It’s actually 100+ milli if we go by the non-conservative numbers the fight will actually do – and that’s not including my endorsements and business ventures! 28 years of age. Fresh c**t. Doubt me now,” said McGregor.
The outspoken Irishman followed up the Instagram post with another a short time later by clarifying his future. He stated: “The focus has been solely boxing lately, but make no mistakes, the kicking and grappling aspects, and everything else got to do with unlimited free fighting, is still very much present in my thoughts. Floyd may crap his jocks after all and if so I will go back to true fighting or just pick another boxer like manny or something. But whatever that’s another conversation.
“Floyd may crap his jocks after all, and if so, I will go back to true fighting or just pick another boxer like Manny (Pacquiao) or something. But whatever – that’s another conversation.”
On his nature to coach fighters, McGregor added: “I like to build fighters and watch their progression. I have built many to this date, and all unintentionally.
One is fighting in the UFC main event this weekend (and) when my son is born, I will build him up into a multiple free fighting world champion also, just like his old man. I look forward to it.”
Pacquiao has signed on to fight Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia meaning any prospective clash would have to be put back from a proposed September date.
Hearing McGregor mentioning Pacquiao certainly won’t go down well with Mayweather though, who no doubt will do all he can to make the fight a reality and secure a nine-figure check for himself.