Since the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight in Aug. 2016, there continues to be heated debates between boxing and mixed martial arts fans.
While boxing fans believe Mayweather carried McGregor into the 10th round before the TKO, mixed martial arts fans believe the latter represented himself well.
Along with winning the scorecards early in the fight, McGregor landed more punches (111/430) in 10 rounds than Manny Pacquiao (81/429) did in 12.
Mike Tyson weighed in on and called McGregor a ‘bad [expletive]’ in his first professional boxing match, according to Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting:
“People ain’t looking . . . but look what he had to fight against and look what he did when he fought against it. Imagine a guy never had a boxing match and he’s fighting boxing with me. He goes 10 rounds and he’s fighting me and we’re fighting. Imagine if he did (go 10 rounds) and we’re fighting and I’m doing my thing. That’s a bad motherf*cker. First fight, 10 rounds with the champ, the best champ in the last 50 years or something like that. Pfft, that’s the winner of the fight! That’s the winner. This should’ve been a one round, two round fight. Floyd should’ve took it easy, (but) he had to sweat, he had to fight him. He had to fight somebody who was throwing back.”
As Tyson’s opinion carries a lot of weight, McGregor responded and believes the ‘inevitable’ rematch with Mayweather would end in his favor now, via Twitter:
Thank you Mike, and just know that for the inevitable rematch, with the knowledge I now hold of Floyd’s style, plus under the tutelage of my old school boxing coach, I will crack the puzzle, and I will beat Floyd.
I promise my life on it.
It is great to see you back Iron Mike ❤️ https://t.co/NDrVnEaukm
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 15, 2020
Since the second-biggest pay-per-view of all time, McGregor reconnected with Crumlin Boxing Club head coach Phil Sutcliffe to improve on his boxing skills.
As McGregor admitted he ‘shivers’ when rewatching the fight, he believes he has improved his technique and conditioning and would beat Mayweather next time.
While McGregor has plenty of options in boxing and mixed martial arts, it appears he is focused on the latter after calling out the lightweight division contenders.
However, if McGregor wants to stick to his plan of fighting 3-4 times and there is no movement in the UFC, Pacquiao has been rumored as a potential opponent.