Las Vegas: He may the champion in Mixed Martial Arts, but UFC contender for the interim featherweight title Conar McGregor said that he would love to get into the boxing ring and dismantle undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather.
With the stage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship set for the fight night this weekend here, McGregor, who will take on Chad Mendes, is already talking about his victory and his will to fight Mayweather next.
"(Mayweather was) 145 Pounds against (Manny) Pacquiao and my fight is 145 Pounds. If you're asking would I love to fight Floyd? Who would not love to dance around the ring for USD 180 million? It is something that would appeal to me very much.
"But if we were to fight, I certainly know he would not like to step into my world, the world of pure unarmed combat where there are no limitations. But I most certainly would step into his world. And I would certainly box him if the opportunity arose, most certainly," McGregor said on the Conan O'Brien talk show.
Mayweather, who won the much-hyped welterweight bout against Pacquiao on points, was stripped off his world title after he failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying USD 200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO post the clash on May 2 here.
"There are no real boxing fights left in the world for Floyd. After the Manny fight happened there are no real bulls. If you are looking for a fight that's gonna generate interest, it must be across...A match-up of different styles. I have said it before, I don't think boxing is a style that can beat Floyd. But saying that, there are many, many forms of fighting that can beat him. So if we are to get on it, I would certainly dismantle him, as well," said the cocky American MMA fighter.
McGregor will take on Mendes at the famous MGM Grand Garden Arena, the venue of many historic fights including the Mike Tyson and Evander Hiolyfield ear-biting punch off, on Sunday.