Ahead of UFC 246, Conor McGregor Says he Wants Fights with Mayweather, Pacquiao, or Malignaggi

It’s just like Conor McGregor to look past an opponent isn’t it.

Ahead of his comeback fight against the dangerous Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Conor McGregor is already setting up his next foray into the realm of boxing.

During his interview with Ariel Helwani, Conor McGregor is mulling over the idea of a rematch against former foe Floyd Mayweather.

“I’d like to rematch Floyd,” said McGregor. “I think we should rematch Floyd. He’s flirting with [a comeback] and doing all this, he can go and pick someone else, it’s not going to be the same.

“I know I’d beat Floyd. I’d beat Floyd if we rematched – when we rematch. He’s not going to do a mixed martial arts bout, like he said. It was supposed to be me boxing then we do a mixed martial arts bout. That was what was said out of his mouth. It was not written but it was verbal agreement. Obviously that’s not going to happen and I’m not going to push him on that either but I would like to box him. I think that would be a good rematch.”

Conor McGregor is also flirting with the idea of other potential high profile boxing match ups including a bout against Manny Pacquiao.

“But also I would be open to other boxing bouts,” McGregor said. “Manny, we were actually close to signing [a fight with] Manny. There’s been talks about a Manny fight as well. There was an offer made on that. Just not yet.”

McGregor also isn’t ruling out a potential date with former sparring partner turned bitter rival Paulie Malignaggi.

“And the Paulie [Malignaggi] fight. I’d like to box Paulie as well. I already knocked him out but that’s a bit of buzz as well. Paulie and a boxing bout. I want to box again. I will box again. I will get a boxing world title.

“I would box multiple times. I love boxing and I’m damn good.”

Honest opinion: McGregor needs to be one hundred percent focused on the task in front of him. Come Saturday night we’ll either see a dynamic return to form for the former two-division champion or Cowboy pulling off a major upset that could completely derail all of McGregor’s well-made plans. The future is nothing but a fantasy and dreams of a return to boxing could easily fade with a McGregor loss at UFC 246.

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