A lot of folks have praised Conor McGregor for how he performed against Floyd Mayweather last month, but the undefeated boxer has his own take, on why the UFC champ scored often in the opening rounds.
Although McGregor was ultimately stopped in round ten by Mayweather, many people, including one judge, scored the first three rounds for the Irish star. In addition, people who have been praising McGregor’s pugilistic abilities have pointed to the fact that he landed more punches on Mayweather, than other stars like Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosely did against “Money”.
The (once again) retired boxer recently spoke to Fight Hype about the August 26th bout, and while doing so, Mayweather had this to say, on why McGregor was able to land early on (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing,” said Mayweather. “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.
“I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed 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.”
Since the contest, other observers have certainly tempered the praise McGregor’s been receiving, by noting what Mayweather did above. Mayweather did seem to be biding his time, and some have questioned whether the 50-0 fighter just carried McGregor, so that the fight wouldn’t be widely panned.
Either way, on the night of the fight, there’s no doubt that it featured some very compelling moments. $100 worth though? Um. No. No it wasn’t.