Conor McGregor took to Instagram to share his post-fight thoughts after being paid a king’s ransom to spar with Floyd Mayweather for ten rounds. Now about $100 million richer than he was last week, McGregor’s message was upbeat and inspiring.
Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!
Humble, candid, and honest, McGregor was surprisingly cogent for someone who ate 170 punches less than a week ago. Those who watched the fight saw a proud, but disoriented McGregor wobbled before referee Robert Byrd stopped Floyd from inflicting lasting damage in the 10th round.
If we’re being honest, Floyd could have knocked out McGregor inside of two rounds if he had wanted to. But this was never a fight; it was a spectacle. And amazingly, it lived up to the hype.
The Mayweather-McGregor fight was orders of magnitude more entertaining than Canelo abusing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earlier in the year. And that was no accident. Floyd wanted to put on a show for the people after the Pacquiao fight failed to live up to its “fight of the century” billing. And entertain he did, even before the bell. He entered the ring wearing a bedazzled ninja outfit, allegedly an homage to uncle/trainer Roger Mayweather’s “Mexican Assassin” moniker, but in reality looking like an Assassin’s Creed protagonist designed by Kodak Black.
For all of the pre-fight shenanigans, insults, and promotional riff raff that would lead the uninitiated to believe there was legit bad blood between the two fighters, both Mayweather and McGregor accomplished what they set out to do: make a sh-t load of money.
In the weeks building up to the fight, juicy headlines reverberated across the internet. It was “Conor McGregor, unapologetic racist” versus “Floyd Mayweather, noted homophobe” but as they say, no publicity is bad publicity.
McGregor stepped into the ring with the best boxer of a generation and held his own for a few rounds, albeit because Mayweather allowed it, but they gave the people what they wanted: a spectacle.
Floyd has retired for a second time (not that you couldn’t coax him out for another $300 million), but McGregor is 29 years old. He’s in the prime of his career and if he intends to follow Mayweather’s “talk a lot of sh-t, secure the bag” blueprint, we’ll be seeing Conor on pay-per-view sooner rather than later. Can’t wait.