Floyd Mayweather Says He Trained ‘Probably Three Weeks’ For Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather
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Although Conor McGregor felt as if referee Robert Byrd stopped his Aug. 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather a bit early, it was clear that the Irishman was in trouble in the tenth round.

While McGregor said in the aftermath of the bout that he would’ve liked to have hit the canvas before the action was waved off, Mayweather recently said that he was happy with the stoppage because it could’ve been ‘very damaging’:

“He has a career. You know, he still has a career. He’s still young,” Mayweather said on the “Hollywood Unblocked” podcast. … (It could’ve been) very damaging. We have to think about these fighters. Even, like, my uncle Roger. Right now, I just got a call just before I came here. He keeps walking off, wandering off. No one can find him. He ends up in a hospital. So, brain damage – it happens. It happens.”

Continuing on, Mayweather admitted that he trained ‘probably three weeks’ for the fight with McGregor, while also revealing that he was partying in the lead-up to the bout, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena:

“OK, hold on. It’s a catch 22,” Mayweather said. “If I blew him out in the first round, they would have something to say. If we let the fight go on a little longer than expect, they’re going to have something to say. So it’s like, damned if I do, damned if I don’t. If I let it go the distance, they’re going to say something.

“Once again, we’re praising him. We’re not praising me. We’re praising him. Because I’m 40 years old, retired for two years. He’s 28, he’s active. I’m inactive. He’s taller, he’s bigger. Hey may not be stronger. He has a longer reach. He’s taller. He’s bigger. He’s younger. Youth is on his side. I’m just saying, everything on paper links on him. For me to come and be off, and really only train totally, probably three weeks .. and (I was) out every night partying.”

What do you make of “Money’s” latest comments?

  • sawbuck

    sounds about right. floyd barely broke a sweat in that fight. conor should be glad he didn’t take two or three more power shots to the head. he’d still be wobbling.

  • Victor Ferreira

    Hahaha… BTW where are the ones who were saying 49-1? lol… Aldo would KO McGregor if they fought again!!

    • Draven

      Those 49-1 are making excuses saying “if Mayweather fought in the octagon he’d lose”. That’s all they can say.

    • JamesC

      Not sure if Aldo beats him in a rematch. I think there is a chance w/o those Brazilian supplements that him and Berao were takin. Plus wars with mendes and Edgar, plus Father Time….the best of Aldo is behind us. Connor is relatively injury free and young.

    • JamesC

      Well, it’s true. Connor couldn’t carry Floyd in an mma fight the same way Connor did Floyd without raising suspicions. Could Floyd last past rd 2 on his best day. Imagine Floyd vs aldo. How many leg kicks before he would be laying on the ground?

  • leonaidis

    Floyd let it go to the 10 round because that round gave the highest odds for a tko or ko. He admits he bet a lot of money on him tko or ko:ing Conor, and as weakly as Conor performed in that fight, Floyd could pick exactly when to put him away.

    • Jim Swade

      exactly he placed a huge bet that it would go 9.5 rounds which is exactly what it went…..

    • JamesC

      I agree 100%. Watching the fight it seemed clear that Floyd could turn it on and put it on him whenever he chose. I couldn’t understand why he took so long until I heard about the betting thing. We all know how much Floyd likes money. Makes sense

  • Wabbit

    The instant Mayweather decided the “fight” was to end, he simply stepped in and beat the snot out of a rookie without an effective defense. White and McGregor made their pile of easy money but they should maintain a grasp of reality.

    If a 50-0 champion like Mayweather could not switch out the lights of McGregor, at will, Mayweather’s reputation would be worthless. He is, after all, the man who beat every top boxer in his weight class since 1996:

    WBC super featherweight champion (130 lbs)

    WBC lightweight champion (135 lbs)

    WBC super lightweight champion (140 lbs)

    IBF welterweight champion (147 lbs)

    WBC welterweight champion (2×)

    WBC light middleweight champion (154 lbs) (2×)

    WBA (Super) light middleweight champion

    WBA (Super) welterweight champion

    WBO welterweight champion