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Conor McGregor claims Floyd Mayweather was ‘easy’ until mid-fight switch

World Boxing News 23/05/2019

📸 Esther Lin

Conor McGregor has admitted he would relish another chance to take on Floyd Mayweather.

The ‘Notorious’ also believes if a rematch was to happen then he would avenge his defeat to the American.

Despite the referee intervening in the 10th round, McGregor believes he was ‘whooping’ Mayweather before a change-up in styles changed momentum.

Analyzing his fight with Mayweather in 2017, which generated over 4 million PPV buys, McGregor said: “Floyd Mayweather is known for his Philly shell defense style of fighting. He has one arm tucked under and another under his chin, he deflects shots with his shoulder,” he told Tony Robbins.

“He’s a back footed fighter, and that’s what I prepared for. Because that’s what I had seen from him.

“Then, when I went into the fight, I was whooping him in the early rounds. I actually went back to my corner after the first round and said ‘this is easy’.

“Then he had to switch up his style, and you’ve got to respect that, he switched to the Mexican boxing style.

“The Mexican boxing style is where you put your elbows in tight and walk forward with heavy pressure. He never fought like that in his entire career.”

McGregor also stated he was expecting Mayweather to return the favor by fighting him in the Octagon.


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“Originally the promise was that I fought him on his terms, and he then fought me on my terms.

“I haven’t heard from him since. We’ll see what happens. I would love another go in the boxing ring, to see what happens.

“I know he’s not going to come into my game. But I would love to rematch him under boxing rules again. I have that knowledge and my sparring partners coming forward with that style and see where we go.

“I believe I would win. Actually, there I go again with that fake humbleness. I know I would win.”

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