Conor McGregor on his loss to Floyd Mayweather: ‘That shouldn’t have been stopped, I don’t think’

Conor McGregor reflects on his loss against Floyd Mayweather.

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- That's what experience will get you. That's what 50 pro fights will get you.

- When you were going into this fight in your preparation, what really was the game plan?

- You know, it was just more to get adjusted to 12 rounds. I've never done 12 rounds before, you know what I mean? So just getting adjusted to that was, I suppose, a big factor pointing in the sparring rounds. Even in the sparring rounds, I was like super slick early rounds. First three, four rounds, I'm always more-- started to kind of get fatigue. 8, 9, 10 were iffy rounds for me.

But then I'd always get that second wind. In 11 and 12, I would always take over again. Um, I didn't get to the 11th and 12th, so I don't know.

- I want to ask you about those early rounds. Obviously, you were very sharp in there. A lot of people would have given you those early rounds.

- I threw an uppercut, and it just hit him here, and then hit him here. But if it was a millisecond earlier, it would have just hit him there, and that would have been all she wrote. But hey, I tell you what, he took the smacks well, and he stayed composed. I could see a little bit panic in his face early on, but he absorbed them and stayed in it. So fair play to him.

- Was there any sort of-- was there any part of you that was a little bit hesitant? When you were throwing in those early rounds, trying to conserve power, saying, oh, maybe I'm not going to throw as hard as possible.

- Yeah, because I'm thinking of 12 rounds of course. I'm thinking of 12 rounds. Like I said, I could get to the 4, 6 handy, but then I'm like, after the sixth, I'm like really, I have another six to go. So I always had that iffy little-- those couple rounds after the sixth. But then I'd see the finish line again, to 11 and 12-- 10, 11, 12, or even 11 to-- and then I'd get that second wind again.

So of course, it was a 12 rounder. I'm not used to it, so I had to-- that was what the focus of the camp was, to adjust to 12 3-minute rounds.

- Yeah, obviously. In that 10th round, had you known that the referee was going to stop it like that without you being in severe danger, would you have maybe just been a little more defensive with your arms?

- Yeah, I should have just kept my hands up and stayed in tight. But I don't know, whatever. He's done well. What can I say?

- Do you feel like you earned the respect of the boxing community?

- Don't know, couldn't tell you that. I mean, I went in and put on a-- I probably done better than most of them against him. I certainly thought I won more rounds than anyone's won against him. So I thought I was hitting him clean, although he was catching some snap back shots. I was catching him with the jab clean, and his head was snapping back many times. So [BLEEP] it.

- You two exchanged some words in there. What really was said between the two of you?

- I just said, fair play. I thought I had you in the early rounds, but your composure [INAUDIBLE]-- you're a composed man, and you got the win. I have nothing but respect. And then I was like, but when I got your back 10 times, it would have been over there and then. That was what killed me, I think, because I blew energy taking his right. And then I'm like, I'm at his back, and then the referee separates us, so.

I enjoyed it, though. I enjoyed it very much. The whole build up was completely different.

- Do you feel like he was ducking down? Do you feel like he was turning his back? Do you feel like he was clinching to preserve his own energy, and to tire you out there?

- Yeah, that's what I'm saying. Look, if we got through the tenth round, I think then he has to deal with his energy. So if you think of the Diaz 3, he had that little wobbly stage, but then he blew his [INAUDIBLE]. And then round four was mine, and round five was mine. Do you know what I mean?

- Yes.

- You come through with-- so that's what I'm thinking. If we would have got to that corner, and got my composure, then I'm thinking he's had to thrown a lot of shots, and I'm still here. Now it's him that has to deal with his energy. So that's why I was a bit upset that it got stopped like that. Let me go to-- unless I go down-- do you know what I mean?

- Absolutely.

- He's not a powerful puncher. You know what I mean, he's composed, but he's not powerful. So that shouldn't have stopped, though, I don't think.

- I know this is a really hard question to answer, but where do you feel like you go from here?

- I don't know. I haven't a clue. I have not got a clue, Megan. Don't know. Who else wants it? Who's next? We don't give a bollocks. I've got multiple world titles in the UFC. I've got-- boxing wants me, and now they want to see me back here as well. So I don't know.

I'll tell you where I go, back to figure out where I went wrong, back just to forward pressure, back to-- because at range, no one can beat me. Nobody can touch me. It's when he changed and put his hands up to his ears, and put his forehead on my chest. And I'm like that-- and I'm plowing shots off his arms. That's what kind of got me. I tried to peel the glove a few times. I hit him a few times, tried to peel the glove.

But he's composed, and that's-- I'm going to get better at that. At an opponent sitting here and letting the shots go. So if you look at the Diaz 3, that's what he done. He came in like that and started digging in. And then that's what Floyd done after the first four rounds, because he had to do that, because he was getting picked off. I'm going to get better at that, and then come back. That's it.

- Well, I have no doubt, and I look forward to watching your journey. Conor, thank you so much for speaking to us all these weeks throughout camp. It has been an honor and a pleasure.

- Thanks so much.

- Thank you so much.

-Have a great day.

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