Conor McGregor Reveals Floyd Mayweather Said 'MMA Next' at Presser Staredown

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) faces off for the first time with UFC fighter Conor McGregor during a press call at the Staples Center in  Los Angeles, California on July 11, 2017.
The two will fight August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Gene Blevins        (Photo credit should read GENE BLEVINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. said "MMA next" to Conor McGregor during the staredown in their press conference on Monday, the UFC lightweight champion revealed. 

He spoke to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani (warning: contains NSFW language):

McGregor will fight the 49-0 boxing legend in the ring on August 26.

While that fight will be on Money's terms, the American seemed to imply during the press conference that he would be willing to take on McGregor on the Irishman's home turf, per MMAJunkie's Chamatkar Sandhu:

Chamatkar Sandhu @SandhuMMA

Mayweather: If you want 8oz gloves let's do that. If you want 4oz gloves let's do that.

Indeed, per MMAJunkie, Mayweather also said: "I don't give a [expletive] if it's in the ring, I don't give a [expletive] if it's in the Octagon, put me in there, and I'm going to kick [expletive]."

McGregor hit back immediately: "Don't be talking [expletive]. You do give a [expletive] if it's in the Octagon."

The Notorious' coach John Kavanagh welcomed the possibility of the pair clashing in an MMA match:

Coach Kavanagh @John_Kavanagh

4oz it is so :)

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UFC.com's Matt Parrino has his doubts the 40-year-old would actually be prepared to follow up on his claims:

Matt Parrino @MattParrino

Floyd during presser: "We can fight with 4 oz gloves." Floyd after presser w/ assembled media ⬇️ #maymacworldtour https://t.co/E4vRRCJ19e

Indeed, as unlikely as the prospect of McGregor beating the undefeated star in his first professional boxing encounter is, the possibility of Mayweather winning a reverse battle is even more implausible.

MMA's acceptance of kicking and grappling would make it almost completely alien to Mayweather.

The talk will likely turn to the possibility of the pair facing off in the Octagon, assuming McGregor is unable to pull off an upset in the ring.

However, given how great the mismatch will be in that context—even relative to their current matchup—it may not be able to generate much genuine interest, nor is Mayweather likely to be actually prepared to take part.

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