Conor McGregor confident he’d beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch
Conor McGregor may have lost the battle but he’s not ready to concede the war.
Just over a month removed from his 10th round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in his professional boxing debut, McGregor is talking for the first time and he has an interesting perspective on the fight and his chances in a rematch.
McGregor appeared at an event in Glasgow, Scotland where he addressed the Mayweather fight as well as his thoughts on beating the undefeated boxer should they ever step back into the ring together.
“I know if I went another go with him under boxing rules I’d get that win, I know that. I know I could do it in the first place,” McGregor said on Friday.
“He fought completely than he (usually) fought, he couldn’t figure out what I was doing early on. And that’s it. I feel with the lessons I learned from that first fight, if I had another go around, I’d get it.”
According to most experts scoring the fight, McGregor won several rounds against Mayweather while landing more punches than several past opponents including multi-time champion Manny Pacquiao.
While McGregor had success in the early part of the fight, his conditioning began to wane as each round faded into the next and by the time he was deep into the ninth, the reigning UFC lightweight champion was running out of gas.
Mayweather executed the perfect game plan to tire McGregor out in the first few rounds before unleashing his best combinations in the latter half of the fight. The end result was McGregor being finished by TKO for the first time in his professional fighting career.
As disappointing as the outcome was that night, McGregor feels like he could make a few tweaks and changes to his training that would not only allow him to stay active for all 12 rounds but to do enough damage to topple Mayweather in a rematch.
That being said, McGregor isn’t going to start calling out Mayweather, who retired after the fight with a perfect 50-0 record.
As much as McGregor would like the opportunity to face Mayweather for a second time, he’s not going to pursue the fight — unless the 40-year old boxer decides he needs another payday after spending every penny of the estimated $300 million he made for the first fight.
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“I’m not going to start trying to calling him out,” McGregor said. “Now, I’ll sit back at a distance. Let’s see how he manages this round of money.”