UFC Special Props: Who Will Conor McGregor Fight Next?

Posted by Kenny Bell on Monday,December 5, 2016 4:27, EST in

There’s no question that Irishman Conor McGregor is the most popular fighter in the UFC and he recently became the first in the organization to hold two titles at once. Last weekend, the UFC announced that McGregor had relinquished the 145-pound featherweight title to focus on the lightweight division, where he just won the belt over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

So what’s next for the brash McGregor to conquer? How about a mega-fight against unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather? It’s not likely to happen, but if promoters can find about $150 million for each guy to do it, you never know. And MyBookie has some MMA betting props on McGregor’s next fight.

UFC Special Props: Who Will Conor McGregor Fight Next?

Mcgregor Vs Floyd Mayweather (boxing): +300
Mcgregor Vs Manny Pacquiao (boxing): +400
Mcgregor Vs Jon Cena (WWE): +2000
Mcgregor Vs The Rock (WWE): +2500
Mcgregor Vs Tyson Fury (boxing): +3000
Mcgregor Vs Wladimir Klitschko (boxing): +4000
Mcgregor Vs Deontay Wilder (boxing): +5000
Mcgregor Vs Alexander Povertkin (boxing): +6500
Mcgregor Vs Luis Ortiz (boxing): +6500
Mcgregor Vs Anthony Joshua (boxing): +8000
Mcgregor Vs Joseph Parker (boxing): +8000
Mcgregor Vs Kubrat Pulev (boxing): +10000
Mcgregor Vs Bermane Stiverne (boxing): +10000

There’s no chance ever that Mayweather would fight McGregor under MMA rules because Mayweather would get destroyed. But most believe that McGregor would also get crushed in the boxing ring as Mayweather is an all-time great who retired at 49-0. “Money” says he’s staying retired, but he has said that previously and come back. And he’s nicknamed “Money” for a reason: he likes it. A McGregor bout would even likely exceed Mayweather’s take for beating Manny Pacquiao last year. Mayweather recently posted a $100 million check from his blockbuster fight with Pacquiao last May and stated he was “happily retired” in the Instagram post.

But McGregor has stirred the pot by obtaining a license to professionally box in the state of California this week — Mayweather has a home in downtown Los Angeles near the Staples Center. The current UFC lightweight champion is taking a brief hiatus away from the sport as he awaits the birth of his first child in early 2017. At a minimum, McGregor would have to box an opponent or two and show he’s not a joke for Mayweather to even take a potential fight with him seriously.

However, according to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, the fight will never happen because McGregor will never be allowed to fight Mayweather. That’s because the UFC wouldn’t let him.

“It’s all a game. It’s all a calculated effort to gain more fans,” Ellerbe said. “He got a boxing license. Congratulations to him. Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to but he has a boss and his name is [UFC president] Dana White. He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can’t because his bosses wouldn’t allow that to happen. The brass [from WME-IMG] who recently purchased the UFC [for $4 billion earlier this year] are very smart people and they would never — and put this in bold caps — let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”

Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) hasn’t fought since September 2015, when he defeated Andre Berto via unanimous decision and announced his retirement. He recently fueled speculation of a rematch with Pacquiao by attending the Filipino boxer’s win over Jesse Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

What’s perhaps more likely is McGregor heading to the WWE. WrestleMania 33 on April 2 in Orlando? According to his agent, Audie Attar, it’s something McGregor is willing to entertain — as long as the money is right.

McGregor likely is just doing all this as leverage with the UFC. After beating Alvarez, McGregor was adamant that his profile and ability to command huge pay-per- view numbers should entitle him to more money, or even a “stake in the company.” But the Irishman is still under contract with the UFC, with his employer holding exclusive rights to “any other fighting competition or exhibition.” So even if McGregor were intent on taking his talents into the ring, the UFC would have to sign off. And it wouldn't risk its biggest star.