Conor McGregor Says with Better Stamina Training He Could’ve Beat Floyd Mayweather

Over the last few months, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing Conor McGregor use his social media channels to take jabs at Floyd Mayweather. So, now that the farce of the century is over, it’s a bit of a shock to see The Notorious One go online to express…uh, some humility. McGregor took to Instagram Thursday morning to share his thoughts on what wound up being a surprisingly entertaining fight, and congratulated Mayweather on his win by TKO last Saturday. How very humble of him, right?

Well, almost. In the MMA star’s lengthy Instagram caption he touched on various things, including how the bout, which lasted 10 rounds, was the longest fight he’d ever been in. He also stated he “honestly” felt that with “just a little change” in the way his team prepped him to endure a full 12 rounds, he could’ve “got the better result of the night.” The 10 weeks he had to get ready for the mega-event, he goes on to write, were simply too short a window for his camp.

Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

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The biggest takeaway? All he needed to pull off a historic, unprecedented upset was a little more time.

Hmm. You sure about that, bud?

McGregor also gave credit to Mayweather for his solid fighting technique, even suggesting he had the tools to enter the MMA game. Sooo…rematch, anyone?