Conor McGregor’s teammate Gunnar Nelson says money isn’t all he cares about, but that still doesn’t mean he’ll return after a possible huge payday against Floyd Mayweather.
UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson can offer a unique vantage point on UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. The two men, despite their polar opposite personalities, have been training partners and friends for a long time. With a possible huge payday from a Floyd Mayweather boxing match on the horizon, many have wondered if McGregor would walk away from MMA after cashing the large check. His coach John Kavanagh doesn’t think so, but in an interview with ESPN, wasn’t as committed to the opinion:
“It will depend on certain things. Money is not the only thing he cares about, at all. He does care about it a lot, but if a fight excites him and he thinks it’s a great challenge — if it’s making history and all that kind of stuff — he’ll do it.”
“He needs to keep himself busy in some way, because he’s a pretty hyper guy,” Nelson laughed. “He’s not just sitting around the house. If he wouldn’t have anything to do, he’d probably be up to no good. He’ll always figure something out. He needs excitement.”
Okay then – how about a year off?
“He’s got a lot of money now that keeps him occupied,” Nelson said. “He can do a lot of stuff. I think he’d be all right for a year. He always has something cooking. Right now, it’s the Mayweather fight, and that seems like it’s going to happen. I think he’ll keep himself busy one way or another.”