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Conor McGregor counts boxing bouts, UFC title defenses, Nate Diaz among future options

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The world truly is Conor McGregor’s oyster.

After a competitive boxing match against Floyd Mayweather that saw him start off strong before eventually fading and being finished in the 10th round, McGregor was able to add legitimate professional boxer to his already impressive reputation as a two-division champion in the UFC.

Speaking at the post-fight presser on Saturday evening at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., “The Notorious” wouldn’t commit to what his next move would be, only acknowledging that many appealing options lay ahead for him.

“I’m certainly open to hearing what WME-IMG, what they want, and what Showtime wants, and if they want me to come over to boxing then we can talk,” McGregor said. “I’m certainly young. Twenty-nine years of age. I don’t think the boxing world or the fighting world has seen a man as confident as this come in at this age and with this amount of accolades and this amount of records and this amount of revenue generated. So I’m certainly open to all options.

“I have certainly many contenders in the mixed martial arts game. I have a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz that’s sitting there, I have options.”

Considering that this was McGregor’s first professional boxing bout, his willingness to push the pace and draw an entertaining tilt out of an opponent who is often maligned for his defensive fighting style did wonders for the Irishman’s reputation even if he was on the wrong end of a TKO loss.

McGregor stressed that the stoppage was caused by fatigue and not any serious injury, so he’s optimistic that he’ll learn from this loss and be back in action soon, possibly defending his UFC lightweight belt or challenging featherweight champion Max Holloway for a title that McGregor still considers to be his.

“People ask me what’s next. I’m not quite sure what’s next,” McGregor said. “I have multiple titles in the UFC to think about and I could always continue in the boxing game so what’s next for me is to continue to study and continue to learn.”

Considering the nine-figure payday that McGregor expects to receive, it’s going to take a strong offer to get him back into the Octagon where his previous disclosed salaries were considerably lower. However, McGregor didn’t rule out the possibility of returning to the sport on which he built his name.

“I’m just relishing in it for now,” McGregor said. “I have many options in mixed martial arts. I’m sure there’s options now that will present themselves in the boxing game. Right now I’m a free agent, my name is on the ring. McGregor Sports and Entertainment on a boxing ring, that’s something — I’m very proud of that. So I’ll see what’s next, but I’m open.

“I love competing. I love a good fight. Tonight was a damn good fight and that’s why you’re seeing me up here showing my heart. I enjoyed myself and that’s it. Long may it continue. I can’t tell you exactly what’s next, but know something will be next.”