Following his Saturday night defeat to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor has taken to Instagram once more, this time extending the hand of friendship to his former foe.
The buildup to the fight had been marred by controversy, with the MMA Champion regularly overstepping the mark. McGregor, who surprised many observers by lasting until the 10th round but was still thoroughly outclassed, has today surfaced on the photo sharing site for the first time since his defeat, praising both his opponent and fans in an uncharacteristically reverential post.
While there is next to no chance of Mayweather stepping into an MMA ring with McGregor in a rematch, the Irishman claimed the boxer had the potential to do so thanks to his “very strong” tools. McGregor wrote:
“Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure.”
He also addressed his fitness routine and preparation after tiring meekly following the third round:
I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight.
Finally, he poured one out for his loyal fans:
Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it!
As things stand, McGregor’s next opponent remains uncertain. Early rumors suggest a third, deciding battle with Nate Diaz at the 155-pound limit could be on the cards, while the Paulie Malignaggi question won’t go away, either.
Who would you like to see The Notorious battle next? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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