Heading into Saturday night's boxing match in Las Vegas between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr., not many people gave McGregor a chance at all given the fact that he was crossing over from UFC to boxing for the first time in his career. Now that it's over, let's be honest, McGregor wasn't that bad.
McGregor lasted a total of 10 rounds and the only reason the fight ended up being stopped was because he was completely out of gas and exhausted. McGregor has never had to fight for that long since UFC matches are typically shorter.
Now, in all fairness to Mayweather, he would have won even if the fight went the distance since he was landing more punches than McGregor. But there is a chance that McGregor could end up becoming a successful professional boxer. So will McGregor get back in the boxing ring again?
"I'll see what's next, but I'm open," McGregor said, via CBC Sports. "I love a good fight, and tonight was a damn good fight. I can't tell you exactly what's next, but something will be next."
McGregor sounded like a man that is more than open to boxing again.
"I believe I'll do it again," McGregor said of boxing, before immediately adding: "I'm looking forward to kicking something again. I'm also looking forward to grappling. I'm looking forward to getting back in and having a good, solid knock again."
UFC president Dana White admitted that he doesn't want to see McGregor box again and is willing to pay him to keep him within the UFC.
"I would rather he did not [box again]," White said. "This is not what he does. He is a mixed martial artist."
We find it interesting that White isn't willing to allow McGregor to participate in a boxing match again given the fact of how much money they both just hauled in. Of course, there's no way that White and McGregor will make the same money against another opponent, but there is still potential for a large payday.
Regardless, it's not a secret that fighters make a lot more money in boxing and have more freedom than they do in the UFC. It will be interesting to see if other MMA fighters decide to test their skills in a boxing ring where they can make a lot more money.
McGregor not only helped himself with a big payday, but he may have opened Pandora's Box which could effectively hurt White and the UFC. For years now, we've all heard how the UFC doesn't treat their fighters fairly. Some could end up jumping ship down the road.
Leave a comment below and tell us whether or not you believe McGregor will box again and if you think other MMA fighters will give boxing a try.