Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t believe that UFC star Conor McGregor ever really wanted to fight him in the first place. Mayweather sees what McGregor has been doing in calling him out as a way for him to win more fans by name dropping his name. Mayweather notes that the 28-year-old McGregor got his boxing license in California, a state where he never fights.
Mayweather also spoke to McGregor’s boss at the UFC, and he’s not serious about wanting the fight. It would be out of this world good if Mayweather and McGregor could fight, but it doesn’t look like it can become a reality.
McGregor couldn’t fight outside of the UFC even if he wanted to. He’s still with the company, and they are not going to let their fighter take a risky fight in a boxing ring with someone that could potentially hurt him or reduce his value to their company by beating him.
Mayweather said this to Fighthype.com about his thoughts on McGregor.
“Man, I don’t fight in California. What did he get a license in California for,” said Mayweather about McGregor. “I’m going to tell you like this, he’s blowing smoke up everybody’s [expletive]. He don’t really want to fight because I went to his boss,” Mayweather said. “He don’t really want to fight. He’s just doing that to keep his name alive, you know what I’m saying, to stay relevant. He don’t really want to fight. He’s doing that building his followers, but he’s smart.”
If McGregor’s name dropping has been ploy to gain fans from the boxing world to start following his fights, it’s not a good long term strategy. McGregor can’t keep calling out Mayweather or other fighters forever without being seen as a joke. The boxing fans are going to see through what McGregor is doing, and put him on ignore. The fans might end up disliking McGregor, because they’ll see him as a phony. That’s why it’s better for McGregor to focus on his sport and try to gain fans the old fashioned way by competing and proving he’s the best inside the octagon.