Conor McGregor was left with no choice than to salute Floyd Mayweather’s clinical boxing masterclass even though he insisted he could have fought on beyond a 10th round stoppage.
The 29-year-old Irish mixed martial arts star began bravely and won the first three rounds with swift punches but was ultimately outclassed by the vastly more experienced Mayweather.
Afterwards McGregor, who had never boxed professionally before today’s bout at the T-Mobile Arena, praised Mayweather’s composed and effective demolition job.
McGregor said, “He’s composed, he’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed in there.”
“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots.”
“I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”
McGregor, a world champion in the brutal world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, maintained that he should have been allowed to fight on past the 10th.
“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back.”
“When you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different. Let the man put me down, that’s fatigue, that’s not damage.”
“Where was the final two rounds? Let me walk back to my corner and compose myself.”
Did the referee stop the match too early?