Conor McGregor predicts KO of Floyd Mayweather, says 'I am boxing' in wild rant

With rumors continuing to swirl about the likelihood of a boxing superfight against Floyd Mayweather, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor stirred the pot on Friday during a boxing card at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.  

McGregor on was ringside on St. Patrick's Day for the pro debut of his good friend and former Irish amateur star Michael Conlan. Following the bout, McGregor, 28, delivered a scathing rant to ringside media members, predicting he will knock Mayweather out when they fight.

"I'm the boxing guy; watch me take over boxing," McGregor said. "Trust me on that. Floyd, not no one in this boxing game knows what's coming. Trust me that when I step in there I'm going to shock the whole God damn world. Trust me on that." 

With many unsure over the past few months whether the fight was merely a fantasy booking and way to drum up publicity -- with McGregor possibly using the attention to increase his financial leverage with UFC -- things took on a much more serious tone on Wednesday.  

In a series of interviews, UFC president Dana White not only said he believes the fight will happen, he admitted he "would never keep Conor from making that kind of money." The comments were a complete 180 from White's stance just two months ago.  

"Look me in the eyes. Twenty-eight years of age, confident as a motherf---er," McGregor said. "Long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me. I'm going to stop Floyd. You're all going to f---ing eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words." 

Asked on Friday when the fight would take place against the 40-year-old undefeated Mayweather, who announced last week he is coming out of retirement for the fight, McGregor was noncommittal and stormed off after providing his answer.   

"Don't worry about it," he said. "You'll hear about it. I'm out of here. I am boxing."  

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Brian Campbell covers MMA, boxing and WWE. The Connecticut native joined CBS Sports in 2017 and has covered combat sports since 2010. He has written and hosted various podcasts and digital shows for ESPN... Full Bio

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