Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor says he has become “the face of the fight game” ahead of his upcoming multi-million dollar boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August.
The 29-year-old Irishman, who has never boxed professionally, told reporters at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas on Friday that his sole concern was getting the win, and that the cash was a secondary issue.
UFC lightweight champion McGregor is due to face the 40-year old Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0, on August 26 in a 12-round super welterweight boxing bout.
The fight against “Money” Mayweather will shoot the brash Irishman into the financial stratosphere, but McGregor said he was not worried about the cash.
“The word doesn’t even come in, the word isn’t even in my vocabulary, I am here to win, I am prepared to win, and win in devastating fashion; that’s where we’re at, I don’t care about the money, I don’t care about any of that,” he told reporters.
Wearing a robe made for him by fashion designer Donatella Versace, emblazoned with his name and “Notorious” nickname in gold on the back, McGregor said he felt in “pristine condition” as he had his hands wrapped for the workout.
“This is a fight that has been in my crosshairs since Floyd’s been opening his mouth, simple as that,” McGregor said of his decision to chase a match-up against one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Both fighters have said that the contest at the T-Mobile Arena will not go the full 12 rounds.
Mayweather had told the media at his workout on Thursday that the fight going the distance would represent a victory for his 29-year-old opponent.