Conor McGregor is currently in negotiations for his UFC return bout and most MMA fans would agree that they are glad to see the defence of his lightweight world championship as his intention upon his comeback.
Tony Ferguson is the interim champion of the same division and the need to legitimise and unify the 155lb weight-class now outweighs the attraction of a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, which had been highly touted.
Following McGregor’s adventure into the world of professional boxing back in August, many wondered would the Irishman ever return to the octagon, given the relative success he enjoyed against Floyd Mayweather despite ultimately succumbing to the undefeated pugilist combined with the hefty pay cheque said to be upwards of $100 million he received.
Discussing that historic supefight with Ryan Tubridy on the RTÉ Late Late Show, Conor broke down how he felt the bout went for him, how he could have improved and whether he had any regrets, now that he has had time to stand back and properly reflect.
The UFC superstar makes no bones about it, he feels that if he were to face off against the undefeated Floyd one more time, he would come out on top. Having learned from his mistakes on August 26 and in the build up during his training for his pro boxing debut, ‘The Notorious’ is adamant he could overcome Mayweather at a second time of asking.
McGregor mentions how he found it difficult to adjust to the longer duration of a boxing match in comparison with his usual MMA bouts in his 10-week training camp as well as noting how a tweak to his sparring strategy in the build up to the historic showdown could have made all the difference.
Asked was he glad of the experience, after previously announcing his self-pride, the 29-year-old comedically stated, “who would not want to dance around the ring for $100 million? F**king right I’m glad I done it.”
— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) November 3, 2017