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Mayweather vs McGregor 2? UFC star says let’s run it back

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 1/14/2020 By Troy L. Smith, Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Conor McGregor may be getting ready for UFC 246 fight against Donald Cerrone this Saturday. But MMA’s biggest star is already looking ahead to something bigger and far more lucrative.

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In a recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, McGregor admitted he’s interested in a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. or a fight with Manny Pacquiao inside a boxing ring.

"I'd like to rematch Floyd," McGregor said on Helwani's MMA Show. "I think we should rematch Floyd. I mean, he's flirting with it. He can go and pick someone else, [but] it's not gonna be the same."

McGregor fought Mayweather in 2017, losing by 10th-round TKO in what was surprisingly an entertaining fight with a heck of a buildup. The event drew more than 4 million pay-per-view buys in the U.S. and earned McGregor close to $100 million, according to Forbes.

It’s rumored McGregor will make $5 million for his fight with Cerrone on Saturday, which would be a record payday for a UFC fighter. Of course, McGregor knows where the real money is, telling Helwani an offer has already been made on a fight with Pacquiao.

But McGregor appears to be waiting on Mayweather. There have been reports UFC President Dana White and Mayweather have a handshake deal for Mayweather to come out of retirement to face a UFC star in a boxing match. Of course, McGregor will have to get past Cerrone first.

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