With debate still ongoing amongst many Irish people over whether or not Conor McGregor did well to compete with one of the best boxers ever for ten rounds or was totally out of his depth, it's a good time for Floyd Mayweather to come out with some seemingly very honest assessments of both his and McGregor's current abilities as boxers.
Speaking with ESPN's Bernardo Osuna, he praised his opponent but at the same time played down some of the hype around McGregor's performance by reminding everyone about his own diminishing skill set.
Conor McGregor is a hell of a fighter and I want to see him continue to stay in the UFC and do what he do best. Because you must realise, that I'm 40 years old and I've been off almost 800 days. And he's active. He's actively fighting, actively training...in a boxing gym and in the UFC gym.
These other fighters, these young lions, they are throwing a lot more combinations than I’m throwing. I was just in the pocket, shooting one shot here and there, and breaking him down slowly. Whereas you got these young active guys who are throwing a lot of combinations and would get him out of there a lot earlier.
While one could argue this admission is as much Mayweather trying to remind everyone that even with him being a shadow of his prime self on Saturday night/Sunday morning, he still managed to comfortably beat McGregor, his comments seem reasonable.
McGregor's performance impressed, but maybe not enough to ensure he doesn't return to the UFC anytime soon. As for Mayweather, he and his millions have ridden off into the sunset with a 50-0 record.