Conor McGregor pays heartwarming tribute to fans and Floyd Mayweather on social media
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor faced off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last week in what was billed as the biggest fight in the history of the sport. After much hype and buildup, the two finally took to the ring and it was the American Mayweather who took home the win, recording a victory via technical knockout in the 10th round of the fight.
It was McGregor's first ever fight as a professional boxer, having dominated the Mixed Martial Arts circuit and it was widely expected that he would be thrashed by the technically superior Mayweather. However, he gave a good account of himself and put up a brave show, lasting 10 rounds and putting good pressure on his opponent over the course of the bout.
He won plaudits for his fighting spirit after the match and recently on Thursday, he took to social media to send out a long thank you message to his fans and his coaching team for their support. He also reserved a word for his opponent Mayweather and congratulated him on his victory. In the end, he also added that Mayweather has the tools to make it in MMA as well.
"Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all!," wrote the Irishman, thanking his fans who watched the match from around the world. He thanked his team next, that helped him train for the fight. "I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly, 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." he added.
He also stated that 30 minutes was the longest he had ever fought in his career, surpassing his previous best of 25 minutes and said, "I am happy for the experience and happy to all take these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward."
Last but not the least, he praised Mayweather and stated that the American's experience, patience and endurance won him the match. He wrote, "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."
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