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McGregor responds to Pacquiao fight speculation

17 December 2017, 01:41 | Percy Christensen

GETTYConor Mc Gregor took on Floyd Mayweather in August

Conor Mc Gregor Floyd Mayweather

With speculation mounting regarding his fighting future and whether or not he will ever return to the Octagon, McGregor said he is putting his boxing career on hold for a bit and want an MMA fight next.

"A think a true fight is what I want to do next", McGregor said to TMZ. "A real fight".

"He did say an MMA fight".

Although the Mayweather-McGregor pay-per-view total is nearly double the third biggest fight of all time, the 2007 bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Mayweather which had 2.48 million buys.

That's more than enough to be the second richest boxing bout in history, behind the 4.6 million viewers who paid to see Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

Conor Mc Gregor Floyd Mayweather
GETTYMayweather vs. Mc Gregor raked in 4.3m pay-per-view buys in North America

A statement from Showtime sports said the August fight generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution and online portals such as the new SHOWTIME PPV app and SHOWTIMEPPV.com as well as UFC.TV in USA and Canada. This would be another big money fight for him.

Tagged the "Fight of the Century" the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout took over six years in negotiations but eventually failed to live up to the hype with the Filipino southpaw nursing an injury.

Showtime said in their statement that the fight had exceeded 600 million dollars, including global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and worldwide distribution. He has not fought in the Octagon since November 2016, and he has never defended a UFC championship.

"I'm Money May. They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back".

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