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Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather.

Conor McGregor explains exactly how and why he lost to Floyd Mayweather

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It's been a few months since the most lucrative fight in all of sports was etched into the record books.

Of course, we're talking about Floyd Mayweather facing off against MMA superstar and first-time boxer Conor McGregor and extending his unbeaten record to 50-0.

While plenty of boxing fans bemoaned the credibility of the fight and the circus act that became the promoting of it, the fight grossed around $620 million all things told.

Mayweather would defeat his Irish foe with a 10th round stoppage as the Notorious looked out on his feet, but most spectators noted that McGregor took the first three rounds.

Whether Mayweather let him do that or not is up for debate, but come the end of the fight McGregor had literally nothing left in the tank and Money could have finished him off whenever he wanted.

However, speaking to Sky Sports, McGregor claims he has figured out where he went wrong during the bout and if they fought again, he would win.

"I enjoyed the whole experience. I certainly took the early rounds handy," McGregor said.

"I was told he was fast. I was told I wasn't going to land a punch. I was told I shouldn't be in the same ring blah, blah, blah.

"Show me his highlights in the fight! The only thing they can show me is round 9 and 10 when I'm completely fatigued. Of course, I went in to win. It didn't go my way. He changed up his game plan three times.

"He went from his 'Philly shell style' to his 'rope-a-dope' style. I was picking him off on both of those styles. And then he changed it up with a third change of game plan in the middle of the fight and went with Mexican style: hands up, knuckles over the eyebrows, dipped in low and started walking forward.

"It's a style of fighting that caught me off guard because he never fights like that," McGregor insisted. "I did not prepare for it and I did not anticipate it and ultimately it got him the win.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

"So, much respect to him and it is what it is. And if I got another go, I would beat him."

McGregor might be the only man in the world who thinks he didn't lose because of his conditioning, or, the fact that Mayweather is one of the pound-for-pound greatest boxers ever and McGregor was/is a novice.

Still, we'd watch him have another crack!

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