"It's a fight that excites me", McGregor said.
Asked why he did not decide on a lightweight bout and make things hard for Cerrone, McGregor told ESPN: "I know, I could have".
Conor vs Cowboy goes down January 18th at UFC 246. From watching interviews, hearing things, I don't think so. I think that would be a great fight.
Guaranteed money is not the only money McGregor gets to fight Cerrone because he gets a share of the number of pay-per-views sold.
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"I think the level of disrespect shown to Cowboy Cerrone by the media, a lot of fans and certainly sports betting in Las Vegas is insane". He enjoys predicting how his fights will go, and there have been many times when he has been right.
Since then, McGregor has been defeated in successive bouts by Floyd Mayweather (in their highly lucrative boxing match more than two years ago) and by Nurmagomedov - the latter of which, coupled with his recent inactivity, has seen his position plummet in the recently-released official UFC rankings.
After his win over Diaz, he dropped down to lightweight and became the first-ever UFC double champ when he finished Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight belt.
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McGregor's opponent next weekend, Donald Cerrone, is one position beneath McGregor in the lightweight field in fifth position. Early on Sunday morning, McGregor will set foot inside the cage for the first time in well over a year.
The Irish megastar has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
"If you look at the list of people I got engaged to, Donald was probably one of the first". That's a strong statement that he has to back up and remember this fight is at welterweight.
"Mayble, I'm going to go over Donald and do a quick turnaround against Justin, but he's undoubtedly on the list".
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