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Conor McGregor Says He Would ‘Dismantle’ Floyd Mayweather

“When you don’t know how to grapple, you don’t stand a chance. It’s like playing with a baby,” UFC’s Featherweight Champ says

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Conor McGregor after his victory over Chad Mendes on July 11th, 2015.

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It turns out that Ronda Rousey isn’t the only UFC fighter who thinks they’d rag doll Floyd Mayweather inside the Octagon. Conor McGregor likes his chances, too.

Earlier this year, the interim UFC Featherweight Champion – and eternal font of confidence – went on record as saying he’d manhandle Mayweather in less than thirty seconds by wrapping him up like a boa constrictor and strangling him into submission. Mayweather, probably tired of being thrown into hypothetical fights that aren’t in his wheelhouse, laughed it off and basically called McGregor a publicity-hunting joke.

While Mayweather has his eyes set on his September 12 fight against Andre Berto, McGregor isn’t done trying to coax him into his world. In a recent interview with The Guardian, he said he’d “dismantle” Mayweather in a no-rules fight, as would Rousey. But unlike like Women’s Bantamweight Champion, he’d knock him out cold.

“In a real fight, I would dismantle him in seconds,” McGregor said. “Ronda would dismantle him in seconds – 100 percent. When you don’t know how to grapple, you don’t stand a chance. For us, it’s like playing with a baby. People who don’t understand the sport cannot understand how vulnerable they are. Ronda is a judo Olympian. She would throw Floyd on his head in a second. Me? I would knock him out. Cold.”

McGregor also believes a fight between him and Mayweather would be the richest in history, generating well over $500 million in revenue. And if there’s one thing we know about Mayweather, it’s that he won’t turn down an opportunity for a big payday.

“If you’re talking about a fight that could generate half a billion – it’s this one. There’s never going to be another boxing fight like this,” McGregor said. “Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue.”

Will a fight between Mayweather and McGregor – or Rousey, for that matter – ever happen? Probably not. But we hope that doesn’t stop any of the above parties from continuing to talk shit. That’s what hypotheticals are for.

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