After a brief respite, the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather rivalry appears to be back in business.
McGregor raised his profile to a new level at UFC 205, as he defeated Eddie Alvarez via first-round knockout at Madison Square Garden to become the promotion’s first two-division champion. Shortly thereafter, boxing’s retired pound-for-pound king bristled at comparisons to the “Notorious” Irishman.
"I didn't know Conor McGregor was undefeated. I didn't know he had a reign in MMA for 20 years and undefeated and was world champion in five different weight classes. That's something I didn't know. So I guess you guys are telling me something new if you say he's the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA," Mayweather told TMZ Sports.
"If you say he's the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA, I’m trying to find out have you ever made $300 million in one night? Have you ever made $100 million in one night? Have you ever made $70 million in one night. So as far as saying he's the Floyd Mayweather of MMA — it's OK to say it but it's not true.”
Meanwhile, McGregor continued his victory tour in New York on Tuesday night a 1 Oak nightclub, where he took the microphone in the DJ booth to address to Mayweather situation. TMZ Sports captured footage of the appearance.
"Floyd's not ready for this. Much respect to Floyd, he's a solid businessman. What he has been able to do, he's a f—-ing animal at what he's been able to do but as far as real fighting, as far as true, pure unarmed combat — Floyd don't want none of this," McGregor said."He does not want none of this.”
McGregor then revealed his terms for a hypothetical matchup with Mayweather. If such a fight were to happen, the Dublin native would have to far exceed any of the disclosed purses he’s earned in the Octagon.
"He wants it under boxing rules. He wants a boxing match. He doesn't want a fight," McGregor said.
"Tell Floyd and Showtime, I'm coming. Tell him to go to them Showtime offices. I want $100 million cash to fight you under boxing rules cause he's afraid of a real fight.”
At UFC 202, the lightweight and featherweight king earned a disclosed $3 million payday for his majority decision win against Nate Diaz . McGregor has established himself as the UFC’s biggest draw in recent months, both in terms of gate figures and pay-per-view buys. The 28-year-old SBG Ireland representative revealed following his victory over Alvarez that he plans to take some time off as he awaits the birth of his first child. McGregor also hinted that he would be seeking a UFC ownership stake before his next Octagon appearance.
McGregor’s growing portfolio does not impress Mayweather.
"I'm a legend. A living legend. To the sport of boxing I gave years and years of hard work, it was blood, sweat and tears, had a tremendous team, had a tremendous run. I think if Conor McGregor need to go out there and do what he do, but never compare Conor McGregor to me. It's a total disrespect," Mayweather said.
"I'm a elephant. An elephant don't beef with ants. Elephant is so large he don't even see ants.”