Conor McGregor might actually be serious about testing his mettle in the sweet science.
According to multiple reports, the UFC lightweight champion has been granted a boxing license in California and has applied in multiple other states. MMAFighting.com first reported the news on Wednesday evening.
The news figures to only intensify speculation that McGregor is eyeing a future showdown with retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Those rumors have been ongoing for months, with McGregor recently calling for $100 million to box Mayweather during an appearance at 1 Oak Nightclub in New York.
"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.”
"He wants it under boxing rules. He wants a boxing match. He doesn't want a fight," McGregor continued. "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.”
McGregor, who defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight championship at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, was recently stripped of the featherweight crown he won by knocking out Jose Aldo last December. Following his victory over Alvarez, McGregor said he would likely take some time off as he awaits the birth his first child.
"He's qualified [as a boxer]," California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster told MMAFighting.com. "I'd love to see him fight in California. It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent. We're happy to license him. We're happy he's a California fighter."