Conor McGregor's manager Audie Attar has said his client is not "slowing down" and while his bout against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is not official yet, "negotiations are underway."

Even though there are no confirmations yet regarding McGregor's Ultimate Fighting Championship (YFC) return, Attar is being positive about it and that's good enough for the UFC fans right now. 

McGregor, who has not entered the Octagon since he was defeated by UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018, is contemplating a return next year in January. He recently revealed that he will make a comeback at UFC 246, scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena on Jan. 18, 2020.

Speaking to South China Morning Post, Attar said, "I would say that talks have been progressing. We’ve met them, we’re in close communication with them. I would hope that an announcement could happen in the coming weeks, but at the end of the day, it’s still a work in progress."

While many speculated that the loss to Nurmagomedov would end McGregor's UFC career, his manager has always backed him to return to the ring. 

"I always knew he wasn’t going to end on that note,” said Attar, who also mentioned that the Irishman's return has nothing to do with the money as McGregor believes that he is at his best when he is active. 

Conor McGregor Conor McGregor (R) wants a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov (L). In this picture, Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sep. 20, 2018. Photo: Steven Ryan/Getty Images

"I don’t see him slowing down. I think that fighting once a year for the last couple of years, it’s almost like it’s grown his appetite to stay active. In any sport, the more reps you take, the better you get. He’s no stranger to becoming a world champion multiple times over. He knows what it takes."

"When you look back to when he was winning fights, he was fighting often. He wasn’t fighting once a year, he was fighting often, he was staying active. He never has to fight one fight more in his life. At the end of the day, that’s the thing people forgot about him; he is a competitor. He dares to do things differently," Attar added.