Now that McGregor vs. Mayweather is looking more realistic as the days go by, will Conor McGregor take his massive payday and walk away from the world of fighting? According to his right-hand man and coach, John Kavanagh, McGregor isn't going anywhere.
Many people have speculated that with Conor McGregor looking at a paycheck that is far and away bigger than anything the UFC has ever seen, or will likely ever provide, that he may, as he once put it, take the cheese and retire young. While I wouldn't blame any fighter in any area of combat sports for walking away after a multi-million dollar payday, just based off of the mental and physical toll these sports take on these fighters, I don't see 'The Notorious' as one of those fighters.
McGregor loves the grind. He loves the hustle. And more importantly, he loves being Conor McGregor. He has taken the world of sports by storm since 2015, and I think he has no intentions of slowing down or looking back. In reality, I think his fight with Floyd Mayweather could merely be the beginning of bigger things to come from McGregor.
His fight against Mayweather will be the biggest test of his career, make no mistake about it, but if there is one thing Conor McGregor has absolutely proven to all of us over the course of his career, is that when it comes to his fights, nothing is impossible. Time and time again he has done what people have said he could never, and has done it in the way he told us it would. He will be back in the UFC by late 2017 (hopefully, otherwise early 2018), and he will immediately defend his Lightweight Belt, against presumably Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz, or Khabib Nurmagomedov.