In an interview, McGregor made the following statement –
“When I went into the fight, in the early rounds I was whooping him, in the early rounds. I went back to my corner after the first round and I said, ‘This is easy!’… and then he had to switch up his style.”
Undeterred, Conor McGregor continues to make his point. On the third anniversary of their match, he shared an image of himself and Mayweather with their arms tied, claiming to have carried the bout.
“3 years ago today I carried Floyd for his final boxing match. Wow time flies when you’re stacking cheddar. Happy retirement champ,”
The statement seems far-fetched, as Mayweather was competing in his 50th professional bout and had a wealth of experience as an amateur. However, McGregor was making his debut in a boxing ring and wearing bigger gloves for the first time.
The match was everything fans expected it to be, with Mayweather keeping his gloves up and blocking. ‘Notorious’ went for an all-out attack in the opening rounds. UFC fans are used to seeing this. However, a boxing match is longer, and ‘Money’ used his seasoned boxing intelligence well. He allowed McGregor to miss and tired him out before landing a series of fight-ending punches. Hence, McGregor may feel he carried the contest as he gave the fans to watch an offensive boxing style.
Conor McGregor vs Mayweather 2?
Since then, McGregor fought twice in UFC and eventually called it quits (retirement)
Meanwhile, The unbeaten fighter wrote in the comments: “If I’m not mistaken, didn’t you tell Mike Tyson you could beat me if we fought a second time? Now you’re quitting! I thought you wanted to beat the best? Well, if you decide to come back, I will be waiting to punish you again.”
A rematch has been rumoured for years and McGregor has admitted he’d like to get back in the ring. Do you think Conor McGregor could defeat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch?