WATCH: Mayweather Downplays McGregor’s Boxing Skills
Conor McGregor’s first foray into professional boxing was nothing short of surprising for many fans and pundits, some of whom had believed he would not last a single round against his veteran opponent, Floyd Mayweather. “Money” was inactive in the first few rounds of his much-anticipated bout with the Irish mixed martial artist and was believed by many fans at home to have lost the opening rounds of their bout due to McGregor’s high level of early output.
The UFC lightweight king managed to out-land boxing legends such as Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao in his bout with Mayweather, but Mayweather, as usual, has an answer, or an excuse depending on what side of the fence you’re sitting on, for why that occurred.
“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing,” Mayweather said in a post fight interview. “The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down.”
“That was the game plan, let him shoot everything. I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back.”
Mayweather is believed to have switched up his game plan not once, not twice, but three times during his bout with McGregor, a factor that McGregor’s coach Owen Roddy said he had not anticipated during the lead up to the fight.
“I could have just stayed on the outside, outboxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch but that’s not what I wanted to do. I wanted to press and push him,” Mayweather said.
“I told you guys I was going to go straight ahead and I know going straight ahead I was gonna take some contact, I was gonna get hit with some shots, but I wanted to give the fans and everybody around the world an exciting fight and I feel that’s what we did.”
Check out the full interview with Mayweather below and let us know what you think!