CONOR McGREGOR revealed he is “excited” to rematch Floyd Mayweather as Mike Tyson hailed the UFC star as a “bad motherf****er” for his performance in the first fight.
McGregor was beaten in ten rounds on his ring debut in August 2017 and despite winning some of the early exchanges, the former two-weight UFC champion gradually began to tire.
Conor McGregor was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in ten rounds on his ring debut in August 2017Credit: Getty
The 31-year-old Irishman neglected to bring in a boxing trainer before his defeat, but received praise from heavyweight legend Tyson for his early success against the greatest of a generation.
And after re-watching the fight himself, 0-1 McGregor insisted he “outlanded” Mayweather – despite completely running out of steam – and is already eyeing a second crack at the retired 43-year-old.
He tweeted: “It was a great contest, just watched it back!
“Early rounds all mine, and even later rounds when legs were gone, I still outlanded him.
“I received my credit from many notable names in the boxing world, which I was thankful for. None more so than from Mike.
“Excited for part 2.”
It comes after Iron Mike – who is preparing to make a shock comeback aged 53 – insisted Mayweather should have beaten professional boxing novice McGregor in one round, but applauded The Notorious for his performance.
Tyson said on his podcast: “Imagine a guy who’s never had a boxing match and he’s fighting me? He goes ten rounds and we’re fighting?
“We’re fighting and I’m doing my thing. We go ten rounds, that’s a bad motherf******. Ten rounds with the best champ? That’s the winner there.
“It should have been a one-round fight before it was easy [for Mayweather]. He was fighting someone who was throwing back.
“That’s the only thing, when the guy is throwing back, you’ve got to have the answers.
“When he was throwing punches, he should have panicked. He was in there with the greatest fighter in the business, he should have panicked. He kept his cool.”
Mayweather sparked rumours of a rematch last year after announcing he was “coming out of retirement in 2020” and later posted a mocked up image of himself and McGregor.
The unbeaten legend has insisted he is retired from boxing but not from “entertainment” and “business”, appearing to open the door for a second fight against the Irish southpaw.
Mayweather has returned to the boxing gym since the start of the year, and even called out McGregor after finishing a sparring session, insisting “he don’t want this”.
McGregor revealed he is ‘excited’ to rematch Mayweather
Source: Boxing - thesun.co.uk