As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, UFC superstar Conor McGregor is planning to continue his boxing career beyond the upcoming showdown with five division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
McGregor will make his professional boxing debut against Mayweather next Saturday night, August 26th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I love the sport of boxing. Boxing has been dear to my heart my entire life. I will contend in boxing bouts going forward. And I will contend in mixed martial arts bouts going forward. I will rule both with an iron fist. That’s where my mind-set is. We’ll see where it goes," McGregor said.
But Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who has 50 years of experience in the business and promoted some of the biggest boxing names in history - including Mayweather - sees no real future in the sport for McGregor.
“After he fights Mayweather, the only promoter I think who might be interested in promoting him is Artie Pelulo,” said Arum to the Los Angeles Times. “Who the f*** would want to promote this guy? He can’t fight for sh*t. Don’t you understand? He’s not a boxer. It’ll take him years to understand. And there’s so many more talented guys around.”
Arum admits that he wanted Manny Pacquiao to face McGregor - because the veteran promoter smelled an easy payday for his fighter.
“The ship will be revealed as having no ballast and once it’s on the water it’s the Sinkable Molly Brown,” Arum said. “Of course I wanted Pacquiao to fight McGregor. Because it was easy money for Pacquiao. It was an opportunity for Pacquiao to pick up big, easy money. This is a one-off thing. [McGregor] has absolutely no reason to be in the ring with a skilled, professional fighter. And if I was wrong, why didn’t he fight some journeyman to show you belong in the ring?”
McGregor and his promoter, UFC President Dana White, released video clips - which showed the MMA fighter scoring a debatable knockdown of former two division champion Paulie Malignaggi in a recent sparring session.
Arum was not impressed by the clips and sides with Malignaggi's claim that McGregor pushed him down.
“He didn’t do [anything] to Malignaggi. He pushed him down,” Arum said.