McGregor on Mayweather: ‘He’s Getting Old Now. He Needs Me. I Don’t Need Him’ (Video)
Talk about shots being fired, MMA star Conor McGregor threw plenty of shots at retired boxer Floyd Mayweather while speaking with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne.
“I hear the boy talking. The leak came out, it was him that leaked the rumor, and it said he gets $100 million and I get $7 million. That’s a pay cut to me. I don’t take pay cuts. I thought boxing was where the money was at. The $7 million is absolutely laughable. He’s talking $100 million – I’m also talking $100 million,” McGregor said in an interview with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne.
“I’m 27 years of age and I’m just about halfway through a $100 million contract. At 27 years of age, Floyd Mayweather was on Oscar De La Hoya’s undercard. Compare that.”
McGregor strongly suggested he believes he holds all the leverage over Mayweather.
“He’s getting old now. I have the size, I have the reach, I have the height, I have the youth. He needs me. I don’t need him. That’s the truth of it. Who else can he fight?
“If he wants to talk, we can talk. But it’s me who is in control here.”
As for what a fight between a boxer and a mixed martial arts fighter would look like, McGregor hinted he’s willing to compete as a boxer.
“I don’t really care about rules. He can make all the rules he wants. I know he will not want to fight in a mixed martial arts contest – in a true fight. If he wants to fight in a limited fight, that’s no problem. I will set aside many other forms of fighting that I practice in and I will focus on one particular craft.”
Again, none of this is going to happen until UFC president Dana White signs off on it. And by sign off on it, I mean get his pay from it.