In the aftermath of Conor McGregor's "retirement" tweet drama, a very interested (albeit farfetched) rumor began to circulate. Reportedly, McGregor was interested in pursuing a boxing match with none other than Floyd "Money" Mayweather, and according to some sources, it was pretty close to happening.
At a recent UFC 202 media event, McGregor was asked if this was still something he was considering.
"Yeah, of course," McGregor replied. "Right now I have Floyd running around the Showtime offices gathering my money, that's what he's doing. He's running around the Showtime offices begging those executives to come up with a $100 million cash to fight me. As soon as he gets my money, we can fight."
McGregor also addressed why he would be willing to face Mayweather in boxing, which would seemingly put the MMA fighter at a severe disadvantage.
"Look, if you want to fight me, we can fight," McGregor said. "If you need a specific rule set to protect you from a true fight, that's no problem.
"Just make sure that money is there, and as long as that money is there, then we can fight under your safety net of rules."
"But me, I don't need rules," he added. "I am the f-cking rules."
"I've got the boxing community saying I can't box. And then I say OK, let's fight. Oh well you can't kick, or elbow, or grapple. As long as you don't do that, then we box your ass up ... Then I have the grappling community saying I can't grapple. So I say OK, let's fight. And then the grappling community would be like, well you can't box or kick. As long as you can't do that, then we'll grapple your ass up.
"All these people, saying I can't do this and I can't do that. And I say let's fight then and then all of a sudden rules, you need to bring in rules to protect them. I don't need no rules to protect me, I can fight any way."
"Like I said, if he comes forward with the bread, the cash, we can have a [bout] no problem," McGregor concluded.