It seems Conor’s been drinking too much of that Proper No. 12.
Get ready to roll your eyes…Conor McGregor is saying that he’s hoping to land a second fight against Floyd Mayweather, ‘knowing’ that he would beat him in another go ‘round.
Speaking on their first fight in 2017, Conor says he specifically prepared for Floyd’s style, knowing that Floyd likes to fight off the back foot.
“He’s a back footed fighter, and that’s what I prepared for. Because that’s what I had seen from him.
“Then, when I went into the fight, I was whooping him in the early rounds. I actually went back to my corner after the first round and said ‘this is easy’.”
Newsflash, Conor: the first round was ‘easy’ because Mayweather threw a whole six punches. But numbers aside, McGregor says things only went awry when Floyd threw him a curveball by adopting a pressure style of fighting, something that he hadn’t prepared for.
“Then he had to switch up his style, and you’ve got to respect that, he switched to the Mexican boxing style.
“The Mexican boxing style is where you put your elbows in tight and walk forward with heavy pressure. He never fought like that in his entire career.”
Now, these comments aren’t deserving a deep dive or anything, but that statement is just complete bullshit. If McGregor really believes Floyd had never fought behind a high, tight guard before then his preparation for that fight was complete trash. He didn’t study tape. Nobody on his team studied tape.
Anyway, McGregor follows up by saying that his original agreement with Mayweather was that they’d fight once in a boxing match, and once in the cage — although he says he hasn’t heard back from Floyd about the latter ever since (go figure). So knowing that an MMA match is never going to happen, McGregor mentions he like another chance to box Floyd, saying he knows for a fact that he’d beat him the second time around.
Nobody believes him, though, except for maybe Brendan Schaub. And I hope he bets his comedy career on it.