Coach: McGregor Was Surprised By Mayweather’s Adaptability

Even though it has been one month since Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fought one another, the combat sports world still revolves around the fall out of the undefeated boxer and top UFC star.

The story of the fight was McGregor’s strong and surprising start, and Mayweather’s ability to endure and then switch styles to lead to his technical knockout victory over McGregor.

McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, who couldn’t believe the American reverted to walking down the UFC’s posterboy.

“But I think it was in the fourth or fifth round when Floyd switched styles and he almost took the Nate Diaz approach of just walking forward and covering up,” Kavanagh wrote in his latest column for The 42ie.

Kavanagh was even more surprised by Mayweather’s aggressive approach to the later rounds

“Conor called him ‘a Mexican’, which was a reference to the style of boxing. It’s even more effective in boxing than it is in MMA because you can catch more of your opponent’s shots on the bigger gloves….
That he decided to go down that route genuinely surprised me. It’s an approach I’ve seen him use extremely rarely. I guess it was a display of both experience and technical nous — he was able to switch between styles until he found the one that worked best for him.”

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