Floyd Mayweather says he 'carried' Conor McGregor during Oscar De La Hoya rant

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in action during a bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26, 2017. (Reuters)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in action during a bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26, 2017. (Reuters)

Floyd Mayweather may be retired from fighting, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll stop talking.

The undefeated boxer has been busy traveling the world and enjoying the fruits of his labor after stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their blockbuster fight in August. But he’s certainly kept an ear to the street and is aware of what everyone is saying.

Mayweather has heard McGregor suggest that he’d be able to make the proper adjustments to beat him in a rematch. He’s also heard people speaking very highly of the UFC lightweight champion’s boxing skills after being able to go deep into the fight with one of the best to have ever done it. He’s also privy to Oscar De La Hoya lobbying to face McGregor in a boxing match after openly criticizing the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

In a video released by Fight Hype, Mayweather addressed De La Hoya and offered his view on beating McGregor by TKO in the 10th round.

“Wasn’t Oscar De La Hoya the same one trying to protest and stop the fight?” Mayweather said before taking a swipe at the Golden Boy promoter’s history with drugs. “Now, he trying to fight Conor McGregor. Is he a hypocrite or is he back on coke again?”

Mayweather then turned his attention to what happened on August 26. Despite McGregor saying that Mayweather fought a different fight because he “couldn’t figure out” what the Irishman was doing, Mayweather has a totally different perspective.

“Everybody trying to protest the Mayweather/McGregor fight, but I’m gonna tell you all the truth,” he said. “You know I carried McGregor. You know I made it look good for you all.”

Mayweather fought a different fight than he did against his previous opponents as he pressed forward with his gloves by his ears. There was no shoulder roll or even a hint of the defensive dynamo that has proven to be incredibly hard to hit. Mayweather simply pushed forward from the opening bell. Boxing pundits suggested that Mayweather’s plan was to allow McGregor to punch himself out before taking over late. Nevertheless, McGregor won the first three rounds in an entertaining fight. But Mayweather eventually wore him down for the late stoppage.

Mayweather didn’t mention anything about a rematch but videos of him training has driven up speculation that he would return for the right price.

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