Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar Conor McGregor has taken another dig at retired professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, claiming he would be 'neck and neck' with the American if only he had been a boxer. The duo were reportedly in talks to take part in a super-fight which would be the biggest ever seen in sporting history.
Mayweather who is considered one of the greatest to wear the boxing gloves, retired in September 2015 after beating Andre Berto which ensured that he remained unbeaten and ended his career with a 49-0 record. His achievements have not deterred McGregor who has said that he would be his equal if he was purely a boxer.
"If I only had to focus on boxing, hell, I'd be neck and neck with Floyd right now. I'm in the game of spinning plates. I'm spinning a boxing plate. I'm spinning a taekwondo plate. I'm spinning a jujitsu plate. I'm spinning a freestyle wrestling plate. I'm spinning a karate plate," he said, as quoted by ESPN.
"There are so many spinning plates in this game. If I was to put all of them down and have one boxing plate spinning, it would be like a load of my shoulders."
The bout between the two superstars of their respective fields looks highly unlikely but what is confirmed is that McGregor will face Nate Diaz in a rematch of UFC 196 on 20 August at Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC 202 event will be the first time that the Irishman will be seen in the ring since his shock second round submission loss to Diaz.
The 27-year-old had publicly admitted that he was very keen for the rematch to happen with president Dana White admitting that McGregor was obsessed with fighting Diaz. The American fighter on his part has welcomed the decision claiming he wants to face the Irishman and "shut him up once and for all".