AFTER losing his first professional boxing match to none other than Floyd Mayweather, UFC star Conor McGregor has invited boxers to now step into his world and challenge him in a mixed martial arts contest.
“Ideally I would like to take one of the boxers into an MMA bout – someone come into my world now,” he told the BBC.
McGregor maintains he performed well in his contest with Mayweather when he lasted into the 10th round.
“I went into their platform and faced the so-called best-of-the-best and I handled him pretty easily in the early rounds, before I got fatigued and got stopped,” he declared.
McGregor seems satisfied with his performance against the American and claims he would be victorious if they fought again.
“If it happened in a rematch, it’s a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down,” he said. “My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents, I was never against forward pressure because he [Mayweather] had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat.
“But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him.”
He expects to return to the UFC to defend his lightweight title although is not particularly excited by the prospect of fighting Tony Ferguson.
“Of course, boxing is certainly an interest of mine,” he said. “But the next fight will be to defend my UFC lightweight belt.”