Winner of the much touted boxing match, Floyd Mayweather said he is not going to fight again after winning his 50th professional match against Conor McGregor in Las Vegas Saturday night.
After stopping the Irishman in the 10th round, Mayweather said “This was my last fight. I chose the right dance partner’, he said after stopping the Irishman in the 10th round. He is a tough competitor and we gave them what the fans wanted to see – I owed them for the Manny Pacquiao fight.
“He [McGregor] was a lot better than I thought. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man. Our game plan was to take our time, let him shoot his heavy shots and take him out at the end.
“In the MMA, he fights 25 minutes really hard, and after 25 minutes he starts to slow down. I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance. Boxing’s reputation was on the line. This was my last fight tonight, for sure. I chose the right dance partner. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.”
Meanwhile, McGregor has blamed the referee for stopping the match in the 10th round saying that he could have lasted longer. He said “I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back, so I would have liked him to have let it go. It was some buzz. I thought we were close. It was fatigue. The referee could have let it keep going, let the man put me down. “No one is taking these kind of risks. I’ll take it on the chin, it’s another day for me.”
In deference to Mayweather, McGregor said “Fair play to him, what a career he’s had. I thought it was a little early with the stoppage. I would have liked to have hit the floor, he (the referee) should have let me keep going. I was just a little fatigued. He was a lot more composed under the shots – that’s what 50 professional fights will give you”.