Last weekend’s so-called ‘billion dollar fight’ looks like proving to be just that — the most profitable event in combat sports history.
Though he didn’t emerge with his hand raised, the Irishman did leave the ring with his head very much held high after a very committed performance throughout the nine and some rounds he shared with the undefeated boxer.
McGregor’s output, in which he landed 111 strikes throughout the duration of the fight, surpassed the totals of several experienced, world champion boxers who struggled to land anything of note against the defensive mastery of Mayweather.
Writing on his official Facebook page, McGregor paid tribute to Mayweather’s ring nous and even stated that ‘Money’ has some tools which could, if given time, translate admirably to mixed martial arts.
“Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days,” McGregor writes. “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 all take 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!”
Image: Conor McGregor on Facebook