Based on the interest that brought more than 11,000 fans to Staples Center on Tuesday and forced Wednesday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor tour stop to move to an expanded 16,000-seat venue in Toronto, McGregor stands to collect more than 10 times his typical UFC purse in his Aug. 26 boxing match.
So the question hovers … will the charismatic champion from Ireland ever return to the UFC?
Before McGregor spoke in a side session with reporters Tuesday afternoon, even UFC President Dana White admitted he’s uncertain what will happen from here, recognizing McGregor could earn in excess of $100 million.
“You just don’t know if he’s going in to make this kind of money … he might never fight again,” White said. “That’s part of the deal. This kid has done a lot for this sport, a lot for this company. This is the fight they wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.”
McGregor (20-3) became the first UFC fighter to hold two division belts simultaneously in November when he scored a second-round technical knockout of lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden after previously winning the featherweight belt.
After that, McGregor took a break
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/boxing/la-sp-sn-ufc-boxing-mcgregor-mayweather-20170712-story.html
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