Conor McGregor Did a Good Job
There has also been a lot of talk about Conor McGregor looking fatigued in the later rounds, but I don’t think his fitness was the issue, rather it was simply that his movement efficiency in a boxing match was nowhere near that of the more experienced Floyd Mayweather. As a mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has to have the tools to compete in all ranges of a fight – from kicking to boxing to takedowns and groundwork, rather than specialise in a single discipline.
While McGregor was initially doing well against Mayweather, he simply couldn’t sustain the pace that Mayweather, the specialist boxer, could put on him over the course of a whole match.
But equally, McGregor has proved that an all-round approach to fighting is no barrier to competing competitively in a more specialised sport. McGregor gave a good account of himself and even took some rounds off Mayweather. If the situation had been reversed, and this was an MMA match, I wouldn’t have expected Mayweather to have done half as well as McGregor did. In fact, I’m pretty sure that as soon as the fight hit the ground it would have been all over for the boxing world champion.