UFC star Conor McGregor seems to be all over the place in terms of what he wants to do next, and none of them really seem to be consistent with his recent erratic behavior. Now, the MMA fighter has issued a strange challenge to Floyd Mayweather, who defeated McGregor in the Irishman’s lone boxing exhibition in 2017.
In 2022, McGregor dismissed the notion that he would ever pick up boxing gloves and step back into the ring with Floyd again. This stance ran contrary to Mayweather, who began to promote the potential rematch on TMZ, saying that they would have fought again in 2023.
Well, a year later there hasn’t been much news, and the fan favorite potential rematch has seemed to dwindle since. Coming into 2023, the Irishman appeared to be bulkier than ever before and in the best shape of his life, especially since he had to recover from a devastating leg break against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
He was announced to have his first fight since 2021 against Michael Chandler at the end of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, where McGregor returned as a coach. He had a new Netflix documentary which teased big opportunities beyond the Chandler fight, and people were talking about him positively again like a returning champion, a manifest destiny of sorts. He is even expecting his fourth child with fiancee Dee Devlin.
However, McGregor’s comeback has fallen flat on his face, and his name hasn’t seemed to hit a positive headline this year. First, only one of his fighters on Team McGregor managed to get into the semi-finals on The Ultimate Fighter, with many blaming Conor’s constant absence as the key reason for their historically poor performances.
He’s been accused of allegedly raping a woman at a Miami Heat game (where he also supposedly knocked out the team mascot), he hasn’t submitted to USADA drug testing which makes him currently ineligible to fight Chandler, and to make things worse, he also got himself involved in the recent Bud Light controversy and picked the side of the woke beer, angering virtually all his fans.
Now to make things even weirder, he’s calling out Floyd Mayweather. Well, he did on his official X account (the site formerly known as Twitter), before deleting the voice message and a whole slew of other posts.
You can listen to it below:
— Conors Voicenotes (@conorvoicenotes) August 8, 2023
While McGregor should be focusing on his fight with Chandler (assuming that even still happens), this shift to focusing on Floyd seems to be another attempt to salvage the failed re-launch of his fight career.
“Don’t forget, I played ping pong with Floyd’s head,” McGregor said in one deleted post. “I carried him! In the rematch, I am going to use this style of attack but alongside a more destructive set of shots on top also. B4, it was just ping pong, this time it’s ping pong and Babe Ruth with a baseball bat. KO incoming.”
I’ll start recording my work again to share with you all while we get this next fight on and set. It’s coming I promise. All my real fans, the fans of the real fighter, it’s coming, I promise! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZyONNxdVLI
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 8, 2023
He posted another video which he didn’t delete, this time showing himself hitting a heavy bag, assuring that he would fight again soon, but not saying whether it would be Chandler, who he should be preparing for, or Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
“I’ll start recording my work again to share with you all while we get this next fight on and set,” he posted. “It’s coming and I promise. All my real fans, the fans of the real fighter, it’s coming, I promise!”
What do you think is up with McGregor? Will he even step back into the ring at all? Let us know in the comments below and across social media.