While the final bell for the fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather was three Saturday’s ago, the never ending media machine that is May/Mac continues following the battle between the UFC star and undefeated boxer.
After comments from his father in regards to Floyd Mayweather’s preparation for the fight, the man who bested Rocky Marciano’s record is now stating that the record number of punches thrown by McGregor on Mayweather shouldn’t be overblown. The now retired Mayweather claims it was part of his strategy.
“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing… The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down. That was the game plan, let him shoot everything. I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back. I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch but that’s not what I wanted to do. I wanted to press and push him.”
The Homer Simpsonesque strategy of tiring out his opponent yielded the victory in the tenth round when the fight was stopped after it looked like McGregor was no longer truly able to defend himself. When all was said and done, Mayweather wanted to repay the fans and give them an exciting fight, and he feels he did.
“I told you guys I was going to go straight ahead and I know going straight ahead I was gonna take some contact, I was gonna get hit with some shots, but I wanted to give the fans and everybody around the world an exciting fight and I feel that’s what we did.”