MCGREGOR: MAYWEATHER WANTS BOXING MATCH, BUT I'LL KNOCK HIM OUT
Mayweather and McGregor have skirted around a potential cross-combat bout for much of the latter half of 2016, in which time 'The Notorious' became the UFC's first multi-division champion by beating lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, before earning a boxing license in California recently, intensifying said rumours.
Though the Irishman has since been stripped of his featherweight title - a move he refuses to acknowledge - he has talked and fought his way to become one of combat sport's most marketable athletes.
And McGregor believes such a reputation attracted the 49-0 Mayweather to a possible 'Money' showdown.
"Originally what happened was Floyd called me up," McGregor said. "That's originally what happened. I don't care about Floyd.
"I don't give a f*** about Floyd. I do not give a f*** about Floyd. I don't fear no man under no rule set.
"I'm sitting there minding my own business, dominating true fighting and Floyd calls me out and leaks a rumour that we're supposed to fight or something like that.
"So what I did was I opened up my eyes a little bit.
"I went: 'Hold on. Maybe I can pursue this. Maybe I can pursue the boxing side. Maybe there's something there'.
"So we went to it. We were in the background of negotiations and we'll see what happens.
"Now I have my boxing license. Now it's their move. Since I've got that boxing license, Floyd's fat manager came out and was like 'Oh Floyd's in the Bahamas, he doesn't care about Conor'.
"Well I don't give a f*** about Floyd either. If you don't want this fight, that's no problem.
"If I focus with the work ethic I have solely on the sport of boxing, there's no telling what I could do.
"I would not go in there just to show up, I'd go in there to knock him out. That's it.
"He can be hit, he's been hit before. Age waits for no man. I know the size is on my side, I know the reach is on my side, I know the youth is on my side."
Former WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi has already offered himself as a potential first opponent for McGregor, who was characteristically dismissive of the New Yorker.
McGregor said: "Who the f*** is that guy?
"I don't know who the f*** that is but I'll slap the nose off him if he ever mentions my name again."
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