Apr 29, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather looks on during a press conference at KA Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-225084 ORIG FILE ID: 2015029_pjc_aa9_546.JPG

Floyd has finally said what many have been thinking all along…

Floyd Mayweather has come out and said what really happened during his bout with Conor and many won’t be surprised. On the other hand, his comments will be sure to infuriate Conor McGregor fans, who still believe their hero went toe-to-toe with one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Ever since the much talked about Mayweather vs. McGregor bout, boxing purists and Floyd fans have been insisting Floyd allowed Conor to make it 10 rounds. Conor fans, on the other hand, claim that the Irishmen was simply better than many of Floyd’s previous opponents. Statistically speaking, Conor did do better than many others who have challenged Floyd previously, but numbers can be deceiving.

Here are some of the numbers Dana White has pointed to in regards to the bout:

“Conor hit him with 111 punches in less than ten rounds, most of the opponents who took Mayweather to 12 rounds didn’t even throw over 100 punches.”

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

The biggest piece of evidence that Floyd allowed Conor to go as deep into the fight as he did is that Floyd only threw 6 punches in the 1st round. That is only 1 punch every 30 seconds or a 2-punch combo every minute. He would only throw 10 punches the next round as well.

It wouldn’t be until the later rounds when Floyd really turned on the pressure. His strategy begs the question, however, as to whether he was trying to give the fans a show or trying to tire Conor out.

“I’m so proud of Conor,” said Dana White after the fight. “It’s not the fight I expected. When you get into professional boxing, you start with four or six rounds. But tonight, Conor went ten rounds with one of the greatest boxers ever. And people were saying he wasn’t even going to land a punch.

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Did Floyd Let Conor Tire Himself Out?

While Floyd’s current sentiment is he let Conor make it to round 10 to give the fans a show, others have suggested an entirely different reason: Conor’s gas tank.

It was an adrenaline dump/fatigue combo which cost Conor his first bout with Nate Diaz. It would also be Conor’s inability to keep his hands up in the 10th round against Floyd which led to the referee’s stoppage.

This was Conor’s 1st pro boxing fight and he was ill-prepared to go the distance. A seasoned veteran like Floyd would know this and he certainly took advantage when the time was right.

Floyd Mayweather Says He Carried Conor McGregor 10 Rounds

When reporters caught up with Floyd recently, he appeared frustrated with Oscar de la Hoya posturing for a fight with Conor.

“Wasn’t Oscar de la Hoya, the same one that was talking about me fighting Conor McGregor, he was trying to protest and stop the fight!” Mayweather exclaimed. “Now he’s trying to fight Conor McGregor. Is he a hypocrite or is he back on coke again? That man, that boy still snorting the lines. Still snorting the lines!”

“Everybody try to protest the Mayweather McGregor fight. But I’m gonna tell you all the truth. You know I carried McGregor? You know I made it look good for y’all?”

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Ian is a MMA writer based out of Toronto, ON Canada. An avid mixed martial arts enthusiast and passionate fan since he was born, Ian has been writing about mixed martial arts for over 5 years.