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Mike Tyson praises Conor McGregor for his effort against Floyd Mayweather

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The outcome from Saturday's mega-money clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was never in doubt, with the American wholly expected to dominate proceedings. 

Despite being outclassed by the unbeaten boxer, Notorious managed to stay in the fight for a respectable 10 rounds, and even managed to land a higher number of punches on his opponent than Manny Pacquiao did two years ago. 

Mayweather always seemed in-charge of the encounter using his experience to wear down the Irishman.

However, the 28-year-old enjoyed some early success against the veteran, surprising the boxer with some hefty hits. 

The valiant effort put in by McGregor has garnered plaudits from fans and celebrities alike, although none as notable than boxing legend Mike Tyson. 

Having criticised the Irish fighter prior to the match predicting a massively one-sided clash, the 51-year-old has now had a slight change in tune.

Following McGregor's hard fought 10 rounds against Mayweather, Tyson has nothing respect for the UFC champion, especially given the fact that he has never competed in the squared circle before and his first match was against arguably the greatest boxer of the last two decades.

"Oh man, he got an A," Tyson said of McGregor

"He did great. … A guy that never did that before and he went 10 rounds."

Tyson also admitted that referee Robert Byrd was premature in ending the match. 

"He should have went down. The guy stopped it a little too quick," he added. 

When asked what he had to say regarding McGregor pursuing a career in boxing, Tyson said: "Well he's capable. He can do this if he wants to. 

"I would say go back to the UFC but if you get paid more money boxing, I would box."

So there we have it. McGregor managed to win over the great Mike Tyson. He will do well to earn a bigger compliment.

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