We’ll have so many more reactions to come. This is, after all, the most talked about fight in combat sports history since Mayweather-Pacquiao. And we’ll undoubtedly gain more content in the coming days. Yes, Floyd Mayweather knocked out Conor McGregor, as expected. But McGregor did a lot better than we thought he would, and that has to count for something.
There have been mixed reactions from both the boxing and Mixed Martial Arts community. One of the most important reactions comes from a former McGregor opponent, Nate Diaz.
Diaz, of course, fought McGregor twice, infamously choking out the Irishman in 2016 before losing a decision in the highly-anticipated rematch. Diaz, who is close to Mayweather, has made it no secret who’s side he was on.
Nate Diaz seen with Floyd Mayweather following victory
One of the questions asked to McGregor in the post-fight press conference was where he was headed after all of this. Although McGregor didn’t give a concrete answer, saying he just didn’t know what was next at this point, he did point to a trilogy bout with Diaz that was on the table.
Diaz remains McGregor’s toughest opponent to date in Mixed Martial Arts, and a third bout would generate huge interest.
Contrary to how others viewed the fight, Diaz feels McGregor didn’t win a single against Mayweather. Diaz believes Mayweather was just toying with McGregor in the early going. One guy who didn’t agree with Diaz is former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub. Schaub is now a color commentator and is retired from professional fighting, but he and Diaz got into a heated argument backstage.
Diaz and Schaub were arguing back and forth with Schaub saying he thought McGregor took some early rounds while Diaz dismissed that idea. Needless to say, things were beginning to heat up between the two before Schaub wisely walked away.
Brendan Schaub gets into it with Nate Diaz backstage
In addition to Diaz, there have also been other fighters who have reacted to Mayweather’s knockout victory over McGregor. And it’s been a mixed bag. Check it out.
McGregor however, most likely provided the best reaction of all.
“I have no clue (where to go from here), I don’t know. Who else wants it? Who’s next? I don’t give a bollocks, I’ve got multiple world titles in the UFC and I know they want to see me back here as well. So I don’t know. I’ll tell you where I’ll go though, back to figuring out where I went wrong. Back to adjusting to forward pressure.
“At range, no one can beat me. Nobody can touch me. It’s when he (Mayweather) put his hands up to his ears and put his forehead on my chest. And I’m blowing shots off his arms. That’s what kind of got me. I tried to peel the glove down and I hit him a few times with that. But he’s composed and that’s it. I’m going to get better at that. That’s what Floyd had to adjust to the first four rounds, because he had to do that. He was getting picked off. I’m going to get better at that. And then come back, that’s it.”