Even after his stoppage loss to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor is not discouraged at all.
Losses come fairly rare in Conor McGregor’s career. But when they do, they turn out to be hard-hitting ones.
On Saturday night, “The Notorious” stepped inside the boxing ring against the man branded as “The Best Ever”, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Despite his immense self-belief and the promise to bag a knockout victory and pull the biggest upset in combat sports history, McGregor was stopped in the tenth round, with fatigue once again as a major factor.
McGregor did look vulnerable in those last couple of rounds, a far cry from the confident and brash side he showed during the press tours and pre-fight build-up. But despite his ungraceful ending, he remains positive as he looks forward to his MMA return.
“I’ve been here before,” McGregor said during his post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray (via MMA Fighting). “I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back, so I don’t know. I would have liked him to just let it go. F—k it. I got in here in the squared circle, everything was different, it was a lot more fun.”
While McGregor never went down from any of Mayweather’s shots, referee Robert Byrd stepped in to stop the fight in the tenth round. The UFC lightweight champion did give props to his opponent but attested that he should have been given the chance to fight until he could not anymore.
“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a little early of a stoppage. I get like that when I’m tired,” McGregor said. “I get a little wobbly and flowy. But f—k, get me into the corner and I’ll recover and I’ll come back. And I’d like it to hit the floor. There’s a lot on the line here, (Byrd) should have let me keep going I thought, but fair play to (Mayweather).”
“That’s exactly what it is, is fatigue. That’s why I thought the ref could have just let it keep going, let me go down. Let the man put me down. Wobbly and fatigue, that’s energy, that’s not damage. I’m clear headed.”
Mayweather now holds a 50-0 record, surpassing the late Rocky Marciano.
“I thought it was close. He’s very composed. Fair play to @FloydMayweather.” #ConorMcGregor @TheNotoriousMMA #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/6fF4HpcxoC
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