UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor has signed the contract to fight Floyd Mayweather later this year.
However, if it’s up to coach Mark Henry, the lightweight champion would box again beyond the Mayweather super fight.
“Look, if I was Conor, I would definitely pursue the boxing, because he can make more in one fight than in 10 or 11 with the UFC,” Henry told MMA Junkie. “But, while he’s doing it, they should definitely make another 155-pound belt, because it would be ridiculous if they didn’t.”
McGregor has plenty of experience as a professional MMA fighter, but zero experience as a professional boxer.
Even though the Irishman has no pro boxing experience, the famed MMA coach says McGregor is one of the best boxers he has ever seen.
“Conor is one of the best boxers I’ve ever seen – ever. From his precision to his power to his speed, and I think he has a shot in the first two rounds,” Henry said. “Because Mayweather, like a lot of boxers do when they’re sparring MMA guys, he may not think he’s that good. He might not realize how fast Conor is, and you’ve got to remember that Conor is going to be taller, longer, 13 years younger, and a southpaw. Early on, I’d give him a chance of doing some damage. But after that, it’s not going to be too good (for McGregor).”
The lone factor from keeping this fight from happening is Mayweather, who has yet to sign the contract to face McGregor.