Floyd Mayweather’s Team Has Responded to Conor McGregor’s Calls for a Rematch After the Irishman Explained How He Believed He Could Beat the Unbeaten Legend…
You don’t have to like Floyd Mayweather Jr. to respect him. The American boxer officially retired with an unbeaten record of 50-0. While his later style may not have pleased everybody who watched him, there’s few who would argue that he’s the greatest boxer of the 21st century and arguably the best defensive stylist of all time.
Now he’s got his feet up and is spending his millions travelling the world. He did put the gloves back on to beat up Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve, but since then there’s been nothing. ‘Money’ was heavily linked to a rematch with Manny Pacquaio, but now another name could be on the cards.
Conor McGregor was well-beaten by Mayweather back in 2017, but now is making noises about a rematch. The American’s representatives have responded and unfortunately, they sound very positive about this. Basically, they’d be happy to let Mayweather beat him up for a lot of money again.
Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions made his side’s position very clear. Floyd would be more than happy to fight McGregor in a rematch and inflict another defeat on him.
“I have the utmost respect for Conor, Dana [White] and all them guys,” Ellerbe told TMZ Sports. If Conor wants some of that smoke again, he knows what he’s got to do. He needs to call Dana, [McGregor’s] been in there with Floyd, so if he feels that way, all he has to do is make a phone call. It’s as simple as that. If you’re asking me, I think Floyd would oblige to that ass whooping. Conor McGregor knows he’s always welcome to that ass whooping.”
McGregor is a superbly talented MMA striker. He uses a boxing style crossed with other striking arts like kickboxing, Taekwondo and capoeira to provide his foundation. However, against a dude whose life’s work is the sweet science, he had no chance. ‘The Notorious’ believes it would go down differently next time though:
“I would love another go in the boxing arena,” said McGregor in a recent interview with Tony Robbins. “Floyd is known for his Philly-shell defensive style of fighting. He has his right arm tucked in, or he’s orthodox so it’s the opposite, but he has one arm tucked in by his belly and one arm kept up by his ear. He uses his shoulder to deflect shots. He’s a back footed fighter, he fights on the back foot.
“That’s what I prepared for because that is all I had seen of him. My sparring partners were fighters on the back foot, fighting defensive, back against the ropes and then when I went into the fight in the early rounds, I was whooping him in the early rounds. I actually went back to my corner after the first round and said ‘this is easy’. I literally said that to my corner man, this is easy and then he had to switch up his style.”
McGregor might be a loudmouth, but he’s not an idiot. He knows he was well-beaten on the night and respects Mayweather’s skill. However, he’s convinced he has what it takes to beat the 75-year-old.
“Now you’ve got to respect that. That’s what a crafty veteran can do. He can switch his style,” McGregor said. “He switched it to that old Mexican boxing style. Mexican boxing style is where you put your elbows in tight and this knuckle you put it just above the forehead and connect it and walk forward with heavy pressure. He never fought like that in his entire career. He was forced to fight that way cause he was getting beaten when he was fighting his old way.
“The approach caught me off guard. I was not prepared for it. I was not used to it and he walked me down and ended up getting the stoppage. The referee I felt could have let it go, I would have liked to see the end of the round, get my breathing back, get a little more comfortable. I believe I would win. Actually there I go with the fake humbleness: I know I would win.”