Now that Conor McGregor’s booked to fight Floyd Mayweather on August 26th, speculation regarding his future in MMA has kicked into high gear. But, the star’s manager, Audie Attar, is reporting the UFC’s lightweight champ will “definitely” return to the Octagon.
Why all the talk about McGregor’s MMA career? Well, since the Irish fighter could make $100 million or more when he throws hands with Mayweather, some have questioned whether he’ll feel the need to fight again. Others, however, have also speculated that if McGregor were to win, or, give Mayweather a run for his money, he might want to stick with boxing.
“Conor is a very ambitious young man. And those are two key words, young and ambitious,” said Attar. “He has a lot more that he wants to accomplish athletically and a businessman. He definitely wants to fight in MMA again. If all goes well and he feels good, he could fight at the end of the year. There are no guarantees, but it’s definitely in his plans to come back and compete again in the UFC.”
McGregor doesn’t seem like the type of person who would want to hang up the gloves, at a time when he’s one of the top fighters on the planet. Even if he’s about to make a truckload of money. Further, one would think that the UFC has some sort of guarantee, entered into their agreement for Mayweather – McGregor, that the latter has to return to the Octagon. After all, he is under contract with the promotion, so it’s very unlikely that the lightweight could just transition into boxing full time (without a lengthy legal battle).
But, if McGregor does provide a stiff test for Mayweather, don’t be surprised if he wants to step into the boxing ring again. There will likely be plenty of very lucrative offers sent his way to do so.