Conor McGregor is one of sport’s biggest rags to riches success stories. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he began his working life with a plumbing apprenticeship and rose to become one of the UFC’s most well-paid stars.In August, McGregor participated in his first ever professional boxing match against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, who returned to the ring after retiring from boxing in 2015 for this one-off exhibition.
Prior to the match, Mayweather had an undefeated 49-0 record.The fight was an international spectacle. McGregor was always expected to lose, but against the odds, he held his own until the 10th round, even though the bookies has odds of the match ending in 60 seconds at a rather unsavory 25/1.
After the fight was over, Conor McGregor seemed unsure about whether or not he would box again, despite having done remarkably well against the world’s greatest boxer with no prior experience.However, UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who has been closely following McGregor’s career since the very beginning, has now said that McGregor isn’t done with boxing, despite the fact that the match appeared to be a one-off – in every sense of the word.After his defeat, McGregor was asked if he’d ever box again, and he certainly left the door open, stating, “We’ll see what happens. I don’t know. I have two [UFC] titles to defend. I’m having a buzz floating around here. If anyone wants a knock, give me a shout.”
However, Rogan rightfully pointed out that McGregor was not a man to shy away from a challenge, and if the right boxing opportunity presented itself, he thinks that the Irish sporting superstar would agree to it.Rogan stated during the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast;
“He’s f**king Floyd Mayweather. He’s one of, if not the best boxer ever, and Conor did catch him with a couple things.
“They should [rematch]. Why not? I think Conor would have to beat somebody good in a boxing match and he would also have to have a real training camp.”
“I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went the very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad.”“If there’s a legit, big fight – say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it.”
Whilst Rogan’s comments are nothing more than speculation, they are incredibly exciting news for sporting fans around the world. McGregor’s fights pull in extraordinarily large crowds and press attention, and there is no doubt that many people would love to see him emerge victorious in the boxing ring against a big name.In fact, his expedition match with Mayweather pulled a live gate of $55 million – the second largest in history!
Reflecting on the extraordinary fight, McGregor said that he could have fared better than he did if he had improved his cardio regime during his preparation for the fight.“Honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night,” he said.McGregor is known to suffer from fatigue in the octagon, and his incredible performance in the first few rounds against Mayweather was sadly undermined by this by the time the fight progressed. Then again, he stood toe-to-toe with the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet – and for that, I don’t think anyone can deny him his place in the boxing ring.