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Conor McGregor Wants a Rematch With Floyd Mayweather

May 23, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Conor McGregor wants another shot at being the sole blemish on Floyd Mayweather’s record. McGregor appeared on Tony Robbins’ podcast (per MMA Weekly) and said he would like a rematch with Mayweather, who he faced in a losing effort in 2017. Highlights are below:

On wanting another shot at Mayweather: “I would love another go in the boxing arena. Floyd is known for his Philly-shell defensive style of fighting. He has his right arm tucked in, or he’s orthodox so it’s the opposite, but he has one arm tucked in by his belly and one arm kept up by his ear. He uses his shoulder to deflect shots. He’s a back footed fighter, he fights on the back foot. That’s what I prepared for because that is all I had seen of him. My sparring partners were fighters on the back fight, fighting defensive, back against the ropes and then when I went into the fight in the early rounds, I was whooping him in the early rounds. I actually went back to my corner after the first round and said ‘this is easy’. I literally said that to my corner man, this is easy and then he had to switch up his style.”

On Mayweather changing is style to go more aggressive in later rounds of their fight: “Now you’ve got to respect that. That’s what a crafty veteran can do. He can switch his style. He switched it to that old Mexican boxing style. Mexican boxing style is where you put your elbows in tight and this knuckle you put it just above the forehead and connect it and walk forward with heavy pressure. He never fought like that in his entire career. He was forced to fight that way cause he was getting beaten when he was fighting his old way. The approach caught me off guard. I was not prepared for it. I was not used to it and he walked me down and ended up getting the stoppage. The referee I felt could have let it go, I would have liked to see the end of the round, get my breathing back, get a little more comfortable.”

On being more prepared for Mayweather in a potential rematch: “I know he’s not going to come into my game. I would love to rematch him under boxing rules again and have that knowledge and have my sparring partners come forward with that style also and see where we go. I believe I would win. Actually, there I go again with the fake humbleness — I know I would win.”