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McGregor still wants to rematch Mayweather in boxing after ‘modified rules’ talks fall apart

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Leading up to UFC 229, Conor McGregor admits he’s still got his eye on Mayweather and wants another shot at him in the ring.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Mayweather vs. McGregor 1 went down just over a year ago, and since then there’s been whispers of a rematch ... possibly even one in the Octagon! Dana White even went so far as to confirm Floyd was in talks to take an MMA bout against Conor, as bad of an idea for Floyd as that’d be. But then Mayweather stepped back from the cliff and rematch talk has since gone cold.

That may change depending on how things go this weekend at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Conor McGregor is returning to the cage against the extremely dangerous Khabib Nurmagomedov, but in typical McGregor fashion he doesn’t seem too worried about it. He’s even spent more time hyping up potential future fights against Nate Diaz, Tyron Woodley, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, and yes, Floyd Mayweather.

Asked on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show whether Floyd played into McGregor’s future plans, Conor replied “Yes, of course he does.”

”If he has the bottle to come over [to the UFC] and do it, like he said he would, like he said he has. So let’s see, I don’t necessarily think he does. But we’ll see what happens. I would also like to box him again. Everything is being discussed.”

McGregor went on to confirm past rumors that the two parties were considering a fight under modified rules - something like all stand up and / or no kicking.

”Every rule set,” McGregor said. “All rule modifications. Everything’s been discussed. I feel if it’s not an MMA bout, then I don’t want to know. It’s either a straight MMA bout or a straight boxing bout. If they come looking for modified rules, I would rather just box the kid again. You know what I mean? If you don’t want to deal with it, then don’t deal with it and stop going on like you’d do it.”

A fight between McGregor and Mayweather in a cage would be a massive moneymaker, but also pretty much guarantees Mayweather would get embarrassed, if not hurt badly. Meanwhile, McGregor was able to shrug off a 10th round TKO loss and head right to his after-party, so why wouldn’t he sign up for that?

Well, there is the extremely limiting rules that take away most of McGregor’s weapons. The Irishman talked about this factor on the Conan O’Brien show and likened it to “showing up for work without your toolbox.”

”There were many situations in that last match, I scooped up his back many times, I was at his back,” McGregor said. “Under the Marquess of Queensbury rules, you cannot be at a man’s back. So every time I took his back, which in reality is the most dominant position in fighting - if you take a man’s back, you can see him and he can’t see you. You can hit him and he can’t hit you. It’s the most dominant position there is in fighting.”

”In a boxing bout, any time the back is taken the ref dives in, and the ref dived in heavy as well. He dived in and grabbed me, threw me halfway across the ring. We’re halfway through the fight and he reset us. So that was something I was a little upset about.”

”But listen, I knew the rules going in, I was beaten fair and square,” he finished. “Floyd stayed composed, he’s very, very experienced under that ruleset, so it was a great experience for me. It’s good to be back in my own game and I look forward to bringing my tools back before the public.”