McGregor: There's still a lot of fight left in me

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Conor McGregor wants you to know his fighting future comes down to more than the almighty cabbage.

When speaking to Sky Sports News this week, the UFC lightweight champion stated his next move will be governed by his physical - not financial - well-being.

"I always look at the end from a damage-taken standpoint," McGregor said, per MMANYTT's Damon Martin. "How much damage have I taken? How is my brain? How is my mental health? How is my physical body? How is my training? How is my preparation? How is my hunger for it?

"That is where I gauge how long I will do it and there is still a lot left in me."

Having lined his coffers with a nine-figure payday in an August boxing match opposite Floyd Mayweather, the free-wheeling McGregor maintained he no longer has to lace up his gloves for a quick check, but as far as what's next for him is concerned, he marches to the beat of his own drum.

"It is not necessarily a money thing for me. I am passionate about fighting. Fighting is what I love to do. I will continue to do it as long as I am healthy and willing to put in the work that it takes to do.

"I will not be stupid though. I will not notice things about myself and then continue to do it like many others before me. It is a dangerous, ruthless business and I am aware of that. Thankfully I am in a position of great wealth. I do not need to do it. I am doing it for the love of it. I will make my decision when the time comes."

Since falling to Mayweather via 10th-round TKO, McGregor has remained non-committal on his next fight, although he has stated his desire to work with the UFC as a promoter on several occasions.