UFC’s Conor McGregor on Floyd Mayweather: ‘I would dismantle him’

UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor believes he could beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight. “In a real fight, I would dismantle him in seconds,” McGregor said.
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UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor believes he could beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight, he toldThe Guardian on Monday.

“In a real fight, I would dismantle him in seconds,” McGregor said. “Ronda would dismantle him in seconds—100%. When you don’t know how to grapple you don’t stand a chance. For us, it’s like playing with a baby.

“Ronda is a judo Olympian. She would throw Floyd on his head in a second. Me? I would knock him out. Cold.”

Ronda Rousey, the undefeated UFC women's bantamweight champion, said in a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Monday that she could beat Mayweather ​(48-0, 26 KOs) in a fight with no rules.

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McGregor, the Irish fighter who at 17 gave up on becoming a plumber to work toward a UFC championship, said he would jump at the chance to fight Mayweather. McGregor believes agreeing to schedule a fight would be a financially prudent decision for Mayweather, who is known for his love of money.

“Why would he take me on?” McGregor said. “If you’re talking about a fight that could generate half a billion—it’s this one. There’s never going to be another boxing fight like this. Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue. So maybe it could happen. I would certainly be up for it.”

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Last month, McGregor knocked out Chad Mendes to become the UFC's interim featherweight champion. His next fight is slated to pit him against featherweight champion José Aldo in December.

- Erin Flynn