Fans have come to believe that Conor McGregor retirements don’t actually mean much in terms of finality.
The Irishman called him on his MMA career again this year after not getting the fight vs Justin Gaethje he wanted.
Conor McGregor may be retired from MMA, but he’s not exactly free
McGregor started the year with a win over Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds and said he planned to be active throughout 2020.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic put paid to those ideas, but Fight Island was a chance for McGregor to fight again and Dana White passed, believing that Gaethje had already earned his shot by beating Tony Ferguson.
Also earlier this year, it looked like UFC president White and Floyd Mayweather were going to work together and promote some fights with the interesting development being that the money was in Mayweather competing once again.
Mayweather is 50-0 as a boxer but now aged 43, does it make sense to have a comeback? According to White, yes it still does.
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have always seemed destined to meet again
“Floyd and I still have dialog and go back and forth,” he told TMZ Sports. “We’re still interested on both sides.”
Mayweather’s 50th scalp was McGregor in his boxing debut, and White says the lucrative rematch is right there waiting for Notorious. – if he wasn’t retired.
“I know he would rematch Conor McGregor,” White added. “But I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Conor McGregor is retired.
When I’m doing things right now and running business, I don’t even think about Conor. Conor is retired. As of right here now today, Conor is retired until Conor tells me differently, I’m not trying to make any fights for Conor.
Dana White and Conor McGregor have always been close, but White has not been afraid to stand his ground either
“He is retired right now. He is not fighting. Per my contract with the fighters, I owe them three fights a year. If I do not deliver three fights a year I have to pay them their money. Conor McGregor is retired.”
That has become White’s de facto response to any questions about McGregor.
Not many people believe McGregor is done, however, and White appears intent on staying strong in the face of MMA’s biggest ever box office sensation’s demands.