'I’m open to that discussion, come at me' - Conor McGregor eager for Mayweather showdown
Conor McGregor has opened the door to what could be a billion dollar fight after confirming he would be interested in a showdown with retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor will take on Nate Diaz in UFC 196 in Las Vegas this weekend, yet the idea that he could step into a ring with the now retired Mayweather in in a boxing contest would appeal to the confident Dubliner.
“I’m open to that discussion, come at me,” McGregor told BT Sport. “I hold the key to the fight game. I am open minded, I am open to discussion. I love competition, I love fighting.
“It would be nice to make that fight if the fans are interested to see it and obviously they would.”
Mayweather infuriated McGregor when he hinted that the colour of his skin was helping to give him a platform to promote himself on the world stage, with these comments sparking a war or words between the duo.
"They say (McGregor) talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I'm cocky and arrogant," Mayweather told Fight Hype.
"So biased! Like I said before, all I'm saying is this, I ain't racist at all, but I'm telling you racism still exists."
McGregor responded to that taunt with a Facebook message that received huge publicity as he stated: “Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again.
“I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.
“In my family's long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again. If you want we can organise a fight no problem.”
It is hard to imagine a scenario that would see McGregor make a leap from MMA to a boxing ring to take on Mayweather, but the money the scrap could generate means anything is possible.
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