Conor McGregor says he’ll be a billionaire by the time he’s 35 years old, but that he’s not fighting for the money.
In an extensive interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani ahead of his UFC return against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, the 31-year-old MMA megastar said he doesn’t plan on ending his fight career any time soon – despite having feigned retirement multiple times in recent years.
And part of that plan involves a boxing rematch with Floyd Mayweather, for which McGregor earned an estimated $US80 million.
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“I’d like to rematch Floyd. I think we should rematch Floyd,” he said.
“I mean, he’s flirting with it … he can go and pick someone else, (but) it’s not gonna be the same.”
McGregor lost via TKO in the 10th round of his fight with Mayweather in Las Vegas in August 2017, which had 4.3 million pay per view buys in the US and generated over $US600 million. It was the second-biggest fight of all time, behind only Mayweather’s bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather will return for a fight in 2020, . He put his career record at 50-0 by defeating McGregor and then beat Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at a Rizin event in Japan on New Year’s Eve 2018.
McGregor also suggested there have been negotiations between his camp and Pacquiao’s.
“There was an offer made on (a Pacquiao bout),” McGregor said. He was asked what happened but replied “not just yet”.
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Asked whether he will still be fighting at 40, McGregor said “I don’t know, probably.”
“But I’m gonna have a solid couple of years, though. I know I’ll be rocking until I’m 35. I’m gonna hit the billy ($1 billion) by the time I’m 35 years of age – I’ll be a billionaire by the time I’m 35.”