Justin Bieber is ready for a showdown.
Just days later, Bieber, now 25, admitted that his challenge was in jest.
“It was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes,” Bieber told TMZ at the time. “I think he would probably whoop my a– in a fight. He’s got that dad strength.”
However, during a recent appearance on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment of “The Late Late Show,” the singer walked back his previous statements, claiming he could beat the 57-year-old actor in a fight.
When Corden told Bieber he’d bet that Cruise would win in a fight, Bieber said that “there’s absolutely no way” that would be the case.
“He’s not the guy you see in movies,” the singer explained. “That’s a character. [Being in] phenomenal shape doesn’t mean you’re a good fighter.”
When Corden insisted that Cruise would be victorious, Bieber clapped back.
“You’re mesmerized by the characters that he’s playing,” Bieber said. “I’m telling you … I’m dangerous. My agility is crazy. My agility is insane.”
He added: “I’m the Conor McGregor of entertainment.”
After Bieber’s initial challenge, McGregor, a professional mixed martial artist, offered to host the fight.
“If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout,” tweeted the 31-year-old athlete. “Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!”