Leonard Ellerbe responded positively to the challenge of the Irish Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Conor McGregor. Ellerbe said Floyd Mayweather would be ready to fight McGregor.
Mayweather defeated McGregor in the 10th round when the UFC superstar made his professional boxing debut in August 2017. Their fight resulted in a pay per view (PPV) of more than 4 million purchases.
Unbeaten Mayweather retired for the third time after the fight, but announced last November that he would resume his career again in 2020 for a ‘spectacular event’.
McGregor will make a UFC comeback against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a UFC 246 welterweight duel at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, January 18, 2020. This duel is an opportunity for McGregor, 31, to call Mayweather for a rematch.
To Ariel Helwani of the MMA Show on ESPN, McGregor said ‘Of course, I want to rematch against Floyd (Mayweather). I think we should fight again against Floyd.’
‘He keeps getting tempted (coming out of retirement) and he can go and pick another fighter, but that won’t be the same. I am phenomenal in that fight and the only reason I lost the fight was that I was prepared to defend my opponent.’
‘And when battles like that, I give him a chance. Then he goes forward and starts pressing and I don’t sink into my punch like I am with my boxing coach.’
‘I know, I will defeat Floyd if we compete again. It will not be a mixed martial arts battle as he said. It should be me who is boxing then we will do a mixed martial arts battle.’
Ellerbe twittered in response to McGregor’s interview video on the MMA Show. “@TheNotoriousMMA, are you really sure about that victory? You know we can make it happen, asking for a friend (an expression often used as sarcastic satire)?”