Last night, UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor bravely stepped into the boxing with undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. While McGregor had some real success early on, he ultimately fatigued in the second half of the fight, at which point Mayweather turned up the offense to capture a 10th-round win.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com post-fight, McGregor addressed the fatigue issues he experienced in the bout.
“FATIGUE GOT ME,” HE SAID. “I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. CAUSE IT’S CERTAINLY NOT FROM NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH, CAUSE I FUCKING WORK HARD, ARIEL. I DON’T CARE. LIKE, I WORK MY ASS OFF. I THINK IT’S JUST A MENTAL THING THAT I NEED TO FIGURE OUT. BUT I’M PROUD OF MYSELF, BUT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE ROUND 11. I THINK I, IF I WOULD HAVE HEARD THAT BELL AT THE END OF ROUND 10, I WOULD HAVE HAD THAT MINUTE RECOVERY, AND I WOULD HAVE AND I WOULD HAVE CAME OUT STRONG. IT’S A SEE-SAW GAME. IF I’M DEALING WITH MY ENERGY, AND HE’S WORKING, AND I’M RECOVERING, AND EATING SHOTS AND SO ON AND SO FORTH, THEN WHEN HE GOES BACK TO THE CORNER, AND I’M STILL THERE, NOW IT’S HIS TURN. HE MUST RECOVER. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?”
McGregor also discussed the outpouring of success he’s received from the MMA community.
“I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT FROM EVERYBODY,” HE SAID. “IT WAS HONOR TO COME AND REPRESENT FOR THIS SIDE OF THE GAME. IT’S A DIFFERENT GAME. IT’S AN HONOR TO STEP IN AND CHALLENGE MYSELF. DIDN’T GO MY WAY TONIGHT, BUT I’M PROUD OF MYSELF, I’M PROUD OF MY TEAM.”
What did you think of Conor McGregor’s performance against Floyd Mayweather?
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 8/27/2017.