Floyd Mayweather acknowledges Conor McGregor ‘shocked’ him with his boxing skill

Floyd Mayweather spoke after his win over Conor McGregor, discussing how Conor "shocked" him and more.

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- Here we go again. I don't know what to say. I know we've been doing this for 21 years. I told you guys I'd come straight ahead. So with coming straight ahead, I was going to take some contact. I could have sat back and just boxed, and counter-punched, and made it boring. I don't want to do that. I felt like I owed the fans a last hurrah.

So I went out there, and that was the game plan. Me and my dad communicated before we went out there. The whole game plan was to go out there and let him shoot heavy shots from the beginning, take him down the stretch, and do what we do best. And that's what we did tonight.

We had a cool training camp. I didn't box for the last month. I didn't do no sparing. But there's no excuses. He came on here. He fought a hell of a fight, a hell of a stand up guy. And I went out there and just did what I do best-- I found a way to trap him and broke him down.

And I want to say congratulations to my team-- strong team. I got a really strong team. I've been working with my team for a lot of years. I've been doing Dana White for 21 years since I came to Las Vegas, and I'm one of the first guys that believed in Dana White before anybody believed in Dana White. I was one of the first guys to give Dana White a chance when nobody wanted to give him a chance. Dana, thank you.

And Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, we don't always see eye to eye. But at the end of the day, we always get great results, and we get the job done. Me and my father-- we don't always see eye to eye, but we always get great results. And that's really what it's about.

My publicist-- Kelly Swanson. CBS, Showtime, Steven Espinoza-- it's so many people I want to thank. The CEO of the UFC. The fans from Ireland that came over. All the media, the MMA media, the boxing media for covering this event.

I wanted to go out with a bang. I told you guys it'd be blood, sweat, and tears. And I told you he was a hell of a fighter standing up-- it kind of shocked me. And I told my dad-- it was something I was talking to my dad about-- that me and him would keep amongst us because certain things don't go out to the public. But we had a game plan.

Our game plan was to take our time, let him shoot all his heavy shots, to keep walking him down, keep walking him down, shoot heavy shots to the body, shoot big shots upstairs. And my dad though it was going to be a little bit earlier around the seventh or the sixth. But it took us a little longer than we expected, but we did what we said we were going to do.

And I promise everybody, remember this-- I told you people I guarantee you this fight wouldn't go the distance. I told you. I was going for the knockout. I was going straight ahead. And with going straight ahead, you're going to take contact. I understand that.

But after 21 years in the sport of boxing I had some great fights. I had some boring fights. But at the end of the day, I will be always remembered as a winner no matter how you win as long as you win. And know how to dissect my opponent. I know how to go out there and break them down and just stick to the game plan.

- All right, let's go with some questions. Any in the back?

REPORTER: Floyd, right straight in front of you.

- What up, Kevin?

REPORTER: Congrats on the win. First, I have a couple of questions. First, you mentioned you hadn't sparred in the last month. Was it an injury, or why not?

- It was injury, of course. Not an injury like that, but I wanted my hands to be 100% for the fight. My hands are real brittle. Everybody knows that. I'm wanted my hands to be solid when I come on here so when I'm shooting hard shots I'm able to break the guy down. Whereas if I were to box and I got to a serious hand injury, I wouldn't be able to punch as hard.

REPORTER: My second question though is you leave. You were the biggest star. You sold the most pay-per-views, the most tickets. Where does boxing go from here after this? How do you generate the next level of stars? And who do you see as the guys that are going to be the ones selling the million pay-per-views and keep up the momentum that you have in 2017 in boxing?

- OK, I'm going to touch on this. I want to touch on that, Kevin. But I want to say something. We did break the record tonight for the biggest gate. Me and Pacquiao done $72 million. I think we done somewhere over $80 million for the live gate.

On pay-per-view it took us so long to come out for the fight. I know all the fans were anticipating, like, why are you guys taking so long? The reason why we took so long is because the pay-per-view servers in California and Florida crashed. So we wanted to make sure we get everything back in place and everything in the right place so that everybody could see pay-per-view and give everybody a show.

And you asked me about who do I think is the next superstar in boxing. There's a lot of hell of a fighters out there. There's a lot of young lions out there. You won't see me in the ring no more. So any guy that's calling me out, forget it. I'm OK. I had a great career. I had a tremendous career.

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