Conor McGregor's retirement: Four reasons to believe, four to call BS

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In the space of a few hours, former two-division UFC champ and box office king Conor McGregor went from negotiating a July return to announcing his retirement at age 30.

Obviously, something went down between McGregor’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon and his tweet in Tuesday’s wee hours. Did the Irish star have a sudden epiphany that made him reconsider his career, or is this just another stunt to be reversed later at a press conference? Here are four reasons to believe McGregor, and four to call B.S.

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1) BELIEVE: He’s got enough money

No UFC fighter has made as much cash as McGregor inside and outside the octagon. He almost singlehandedly reversed a downtrend in pay-per-view buys and accounted for more than one-quarter of the promotion’s sales in 2015. And that was before he broke the bank with a reported $123 million for his “Money Fight” with Floyd Mayweather.

Just this past October, McGregor was one-half of the highest-selling UFC pay-per-view in history against Khabib Nurmagomedov. He diversified into the whiskey business, and early reviews indicate his popularity washed Proper 12 down a lot smoother than critics.

By all appearances, McGregor lives a pretty lavish lifestyle and spends like a champ. Plus, he employs a small army of lawyers for various legal troubles. But he could never strap on his gloves again and be just fine, provided he doesn’t buy an island or a sports franchise.

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