In the aftermath of Conor McGregor's loss to Floyd Mayweather last weekend, we've heard opinions and analysis from all corners, as boxers, MMA fighters, and fans alike gave their view of the fight and how the Irishman looked.
Despite a positive start, McGregor quickly found that his stamina was not up to keeping his early pace as long as he had desired, and once Mayweather sensed that his opponent was spent there was no looking back. Floyd controlled the fight completely from the third round on, with the stoppage coming in the 10th, but those early rounds saw McGregor earn respect from many figures in the sport of boxing.
That includes Mike Tyson, who today graded McGregor's performance an 'A' for the manner in which he handled himself against Mayweather with no professional boxing experience, while talking to Luke Thomas on SiriusXM.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) August 30, 2017
I thought he did great.
Oh man, I'd give him an 'A', he did great.
A guy that never did that before, and he went 10 rounds? Never fought before? Golly! Listen, he got a big set of balls just to go in the ring.
They should have let him go down, the guy [referee] stopped it a little too quick.
He's capable of doing anything, he could fight again if he wanted to. I would say go back to the UFC but if you get paid more money to box, then box. McGregor is better than I thought as a fighter, I knew he'd get knocked out but I didn't know he'd last that long.
Golly! Iron Mike is a fan.
That is pretty much the consensus opinion from the boxing side after this event, the outcome was as expected but later, much later, than most had imagined.
Of course, McGregor failed to live up to his own predictions but the manner in which he contested the early rounds with Floyd was seemingly enough for many to want to see him box again, with Paulie Malignaggi the obvious candidate if that were to happen.
But for now, it seems that Conor has unfinished business in the UFC, but don't rule out seeing him make the walk to the boxing ring in the future.