Conor McGregor has threatened to retire from the UFC on many occasions, but what if he actually went ahead and retired from the sport? Here, we take a look at five career changes that could appeal to the Irishman.
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The most obvious career change for Conor McGregor would be to ditch the Octagon full time for the boxing ring. The Irishman has already tried his hand at the ‘sweet science’, when he took on unbeaten legend Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas in 2017, but he genuinely believes he has what it takes to become a world champion in another sport.
After he has finished his obligations with UFC for his fight with Dustin Poirier on January 23, McGregor looks set to return to the boxing ring with Manny Pacquiao listed as a potential opponent. If he puts up a spirited showing against Pac Man – or even beats him – then it is a possibility he could take it up full time and just focus on boxing.
In the past, McGregor has ridiculed the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), he’s called them ‘dweebs’ and launched an attack on John Cena. But as we all know, money makes the world go round, and Vince McMahon certainly has enough of that.
McGregor would be ideal for WWE, he is great on the microphone and is an amazing trash talker. Whether or not the WWE superstars will welcome him with open arms following his attacks remains to be seen but having McGregor in the WWE would most definitely boost business.
He wouldn’t be the first superstar to try his hand at wrestling, former UFC women’s star Ronda Rousey became Raw Women’s Champion, while boxing champion Tyson Fury made an appearance at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia in 2019. Despite what he has said in the past, it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see McGregor do the ‘Vince McMahon strut’ on Monday Night Raw.
Could you see Conor McGregor going into politics and attempt to put right all that’s wrong in the world? No, I can’t actually, but America put Donald Trump into the White House, so I believe anything can happen.
OK, the politics route might be a bit far-fetched, but I could see McGregor going into public speaking. Whether that is doing seminars about his career, or even motivational speaking, I believe he would be great at that.
He is at home on the microphone, and there would be no awkward silences – mainly because he never shuts up. He could charge what he wanted for people to attend, as fans would be queuing around the block to listen to the Irishman.
Now, I am not sure whether or not Conor McGregor can sing. It’s not like he gets on the mic and belts out tunes at every given opportunity like Tyson Fury, but there could be a place for him in the music industry.
McGregor’s name is no stranger to appearing in songs. Fellow Irishman Michael Konstantin earned global recognition ahead of McGregor’s fight with Mayweather with his song ‘There’s Only One Conor McGregor’, which featured lyrics like ‘Mayweather, your old and your small and the is that you’ll do feck all. Cause precision beats power and timing beats speed, why have you got a school bag Floyd you can’t even read.’
His famous ‘I want to apologise to absolutely nobody’ quote is the opening salvo to rap star Tory Lanez’s new song, so as you can see, he is already a musician of sorts. He might want to go down that avenue and release a song of his own.
Conor McGregor was not always the global superstar we see today, he attempted to get a trade to fall back on if his dreams of becoming a fighter failed to materialise.
He trained as a plumber and would work for 12 hours a day before heading to the gym to keep his dream alive. He disappointed his parents when he gave up plumbing to fully concentrate on being a fighter – even then he was confident he would be a millionaire.
Now with all the money in the bank, he might decide to return to his roots and be a plumber once again in Crumlin. Highly unlikely, but it’s nice to have options.