Conor McGregor is receiving a ton of praise for the skills he showcased against Floyd Mayweather, and as a result, speculation continues as to whether we’ll see him box again. But, the man who played an integral role in making Mayweather – McGregor a reality, Dana White, would rather see the star limit his fighting to the Octagon.
If you watched last night’s bout, then you saw McGregor push and test Mayweather during the opening rounds. As the fight wore on, however, Mayweather turned it up and McGregor started to fade. The latter was eventually stopped in round ten.
Since the fight was more competitive than a lot of folks had predicted, questions are being raised as to whether we’ll see McGregor box again. In fact, the CEO for Mayweather Promotions believes McGregor “definitely” has a future in boxing, if he wants one.
Well, while discussing the possibility of McGregor boxing again, White had this to say after the fight (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I would rather he did not,” White said. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands. I think he did great tonight, I don’t think there’s anything else left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If McGregor started boxing on a semi-regular basis, even once a year, it would send shock waves through the UFC’s business model. Case in point, in recent weeks, several UFC fighters have expressed an interest in boxing. White had this to say Saturday on that subject:
“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” White said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”
The big question is, however, what if McGregor decides he wants to box again? Would a legal battle ensue?