Conor McGregor is the most talked about man in mixed martial arts.
McGregor has been in the news recently because of a talked about super fight between himself and pro boxer Floyd Mayweather – something which Mayweather has talked up in recent times – but McGregor contends that he isn’t too bothered either way if they fight or not.
McGregor told ESPN: “The leak came out and it was him who leaked the rumour.
“He said he gets $100m, I get $7m. That’s a pay cut to me, I don’t take pay cuts. I thought boxing was where the money was at.
“The $7m is absolutely laughable. If he’s talking $100m I’m also talking $100m. I’m 27 years of age and I’m just about halfway through a $100m contract.”
The Irish fighter caused consternation last month when he announced, suddenly, that he was going to retire. The fighter was speaking to ESPN over the weekend about the whole furore – how he has made up with UFC top brass after being pulled from UFC 200 because of his refusal to make media commitments and also the reaction to the tragedy of Joao Carvalho.
Carvalho, the 28-year-old fighter from Portugal, died after suffering injuries in a cage fight in Ireland.
McGregor, reluctant to go into detail over the reaction to it, was particularly angry about one thing that happened.
He explained: “I had f—— journalists knocking down my mother’s door, you know what I mean?”
“That’s not what I signed up to do — have people knocking on my mother’s door, talking about a kid dying. It’s not nice to see a kid die like that. It does something to you. And there’s been show after show canceled in Ireland since that. It’s f—– up to be a part of it, and I didn’t want to bring it back up and put it more on a public scale.
“After all that, I did not want to be put in front of a camera and made to dance. I just wasn’t feeling it.”
On May 18, the Irish fighter who currently holds the UFC featherweight title, sat down with the UFC top men – president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta – to patch up their relationship after what Conor McGregor calls a ‘publicised civil war.’
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran