Conor McGregor’s venture into boxing didn’t end in victory but it did go a lot better than many expected.
The Notorious lasted 10 rounds against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night before a combination of tiredness and the American’s expertise proved his undoing.
It remains to be seen whether McGregor will continue in the boxing ring or return to the UFC.
He’ll have options for both and it’s unlikely he’ll pay close attention to the words of Mayweather’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., who believes the Irishman could get killed if he continues to box professionally.
“I mean that was pathetic, the way he fought,” Mayweather Sr. said in a harsh assessment of McGregor’s showing in Las Vegas, per the Mail. “All the illegal punches and stuff he did, hitting someone on the back of the head.
“Doing everything, I mean come on man. All that kind of stuff is crazy.
“Let me tell you something. If he keeps fighting and doing that in boxing, somebody's gonna kill him.”
McGregor received a two-month medical suspension after his defeat and while he recovers from the bout, he can consider some of the offers that have been thrown his way.
Michael Phelps' tweet to McGregor
Paulie Malignaggi, his former sparring partner, wants a boxing match, Phil Taylor challenged him to a game of darts and retired swimmer Michael Phelps believes they should meet in the pool.
Phelps, who won 28 Olympic medals during his career, posted a brilliant tweet on Tuesday that included a photo of himself and McGregor in swimming gear, writing: “All of this talk… Should we race as well?? @TheNotoriousMMA”.
Some boxing aficionados were ready to give McGregor a slight chance against Mayweather, perhaps if he landed a serious blow with his left hand, but he would need a significant head start in a race against Phelps.
This is a guy who won 23 Olympic gold medals and recently raced a shark.
Dana White wants McGregor back in the octagon
Just like Mayweather Sr., UFC president Dana White would prefer McGregor to make his boxing career a brief one and return to what he does best.
“I would rather he did not,” White replied when asked if McGregor could compete in the ring instead of the octagon again, per the Independent.
“This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist, he’s better when he uses all of his weapons. I think he did great tonight but I want to see him back in the UFC.”
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