The Notorious Makes No Secret of the Fact That He Wants a Rematch With Floyd Mayweather… In a Recent Q&A Session He Said He Would Send ‘Money’s’ Head to the Bleachers…
Even if you totally dislike Floyd Mayweather, it’s hard to argue against him being one of the 21st century’s best boxers – and debatably the best defensive fighter of all time. He officially retired with a record of 50-0, including 27 ko victories. His last official appearance was against Conor McGregor and he took out the Irishman in round 10.
That fight was one of the biggest selling of all time, with a carnival atmosphere around it. McGregor did much better than expected, remaining competitive for the first four rounds before he began to tire and Mayweather’s class shone through.
Now the Irishman has said that if he had prepared for an unusually aggressive Mayweather, he would have won the fight. As he pushes for a rematch against the 42-year-old, he has promised that it would go very differently.
The Notorious explained that he was taken unawares by Mayweather’s style when they fought. Traditionally, ‘Money’ is known to fight very defensively. He tends to move back a lot, with a close guard and frustrates his opponents.
“He gets his money and then it comes right back down, he must step back into the ring so I’ll be here ready for him,” McGregor said in Chicago. “I’ll be here ready and confident. Floyd fought great. Usually, he fights defensive against the ropes. Against me, he changed it up.
The boxing world had not seen Floyd compete like that, that Mexican style, hands up over his eyebrows, marching forward. In my preparation when I was sparring, all my sparring partners were on the back foot, with the shoulder roll against the ropes, the way he usually would fight.”
Of course, you could make the point that Mayweather chose to press forward against McGregor because he didn’t rate him as a threat. McGregor didn’t see it that way but does acknowledge the American’s vast experience. He said:
“When he came and switched that up, I wasn’t prepared. His experience showed through and he got the win. You can’t do nothing but respect that because that takes 50 pro fights to gain that experience and be able to switch through the gears like that.
I prepared for the style he originally came out with, and I was whooping his ass when he came out that way because I was prepared for it,” McGregor continued. “When he switched up to a different style I wasn’t prepared for, he ended up getting the win, so much respect.”
This is a fight that McGregor makes no secret of the fact that he would love to run back. Of course, he would: he made his life fortune out of the original matchup.
“Next camp, and I do believe it should happen, I mean, why not? Why not?” McGregor asked. “If I have sparring partners in my camp that march forward, trust me when I tell you, I’ll send his head into the bleachers.”
Will this happen again? It’s unlikely. The novelty factor just isn’t there anymore, and Mayweather did school McGregor – even if the Irishman was game. Would beating a 42-year-old who is spending his free time beating up Japanese teenagers really do much good for your record anyway?