Conor McGregor has officially called out Nate Diaz to complete their fight trilogy
In the end, The Money Fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was exactly what most anticipated it would be.
Though McGregor performed better in the ring than many believed possible, the outcome was inevitable from the moment the fight was announced; Floyd Mayweather Jr. would win, because, simply, that's what he does.
Perhaps that is why the notion of the fight was treated with such derision by boxing experts; some of the more skilled boxers of this generation had struggled to lay a glove on Mayweather, so what chance was a MMA fighter supposed to have?
It has been a year of upsets and surprises, though, and possibly that is what made the fight so seductive to viewers; the chance, however slim, that they might witness the incredible and improbable.
While the fight was an interesting - albeit rather expensive - experiment, most Conor McGregor fans will be hoping that the Irishman will now return to the more familiar confines of the UFC, where a tantalising array of fighters await him. As his manager Audie Attar explains;
“You’ve got Khabib [Nurmagomedov] calling him out, then you obviously have Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee who are fighting for the interim lightweight title.
"You have Max Holloway, who is the 145 champ now, who Conor beat after blowing out his ACL at the beginning of the fight.
"You have options, and he loves mixed martial arts."
It appears, though, that McGregor has already identified who he would like to fight next, as the Irishman appears set on completing a trilogy of fights against Nate Diaz, with whom he has already engaged in two epic contests. The first was won by Diaz at UFC 196 by submission, before McGregor avenged the defeat at UFC 202 by decision. Clearly, the pair have unfinished business, and McGregor has been quoted as saying;
"I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me," McGregor said. "I rematched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I'm the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down - that's a fair trade.
"I didn't ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won.
"So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit."
Audie Attar also told MMA Junkie that McGregor "wants that trilogy", before continuing;
"Everyone is like, 'Oh he's going to retire - he made so much money.' He's ambitious. He's super ambitious, and he loved to fight. He loves to compete and he's a superb professional athlete. So, there's much more Conor McGregor that everybody will see, and we'll see what's next."
One thing seems certain, whatever McGregor's next move, the whole world will be watching. The Irishman has thrust himself right to the top of the list of most bankable stars in the world of fighting and beyond - in that sense, he was as much a winner in The Money Fight as Mayweather himself.