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Boxing commentator makes accusation about Floyd Mayweather during Conor McGregor fight

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It’s exactly two months since Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor went head-to-head at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, in the most lucrative fight in history.

Although McGregor started the fight well, it was Mayweather who prevailed thanks to his class and experience.

The American recorded the 50th victory of his career with a 10th round knockout and ended the evening $100 million richer.

McGregor, who’d never boxed competitively before in his life, is also considerably wealthier thanks to the bout.

According to reports, the UFC star made at least $30 million. Not bad for a night’s work.

It’s unclear whether McGregor will box competitively again - there’s talk a fight against his former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi will be arranged - while Mayweather, who turns 41 in February, wasn’t expected to fight again.

However, the boxing legend set tongues wagging earlier this month by posting a video of himself training on social media.

Maybe he still feels he has unfinished business. Or maybe he wants one last big pay cheque before finally hanging up his gloves.

Lampley makes accusation about Mayweather

Whatever the reason, Hall of Fame boxing commentator Jim Lampley has raised eyebrows with his comments about Mayweather’s performance against McGregor.

The 68-year-old believes Mayweather deliberately lost three rounds in order to make the fight more interesting.

Lampley also feels that, by doing this, Mayweather could make big money against another inferior opponent should he choose to continue his career.

“Why else is he putting out videos of him working out?” Lampley told TMZ, per MMAFighting.com. “He allowed Conor McGregor to ‘win’ three rounds. Why did the whole thing last 10 rounds, etc.? It’s all a setup.

“Why should he retire? He created a marvellous scam with this whole thing. He allowed Conor to quote ‘win’ three rounds, so the whole global MMA wish community could have something to latch onto. I think there’s a decent chance, there’s enough suckers out there, Floyd could maybe make another $150 million.”

Asked if he thought Mayweather coming back could risk his undefeated record, Lampley added: “Risk? Did you just associate the word risk with Floyd Mayweather? This is not about risk, young man. Risk has nothing to do with it. There’s no risk involved for him.

“So we’re betting on the question, does Floyd want to make another $150 million? Why would that even be a bet?”

Video: Lampley on Mayweather

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