It sounds like it was definitely a learning experience – and a very lucrative one at that.
Conor McGregor has thanked the fans and everyone involved with his recent superfight against Floyd Mayweather – while also suggesting the boxing great has the skills to compete in MMA.
The Irishman suffered a 10th-round technical knockout in Las Vegas but in a lengthy Instagram post, his first since the fight, has revealed his pride in making it that far in his first professional boxing match.
McGregor also congratulated Mayweather, admitting that as well as being a “heck of a boxer” he’s also “certainly a solid fighter”.
Mayweather admitted he was surprised by McGregor in the early rounds, with the Irishman starting quickly. But the Notorious was also full of praise for the 40-year-old.
“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,” he wrote.
He added: “He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure.”
McGregor believes that in the 10 weeks he had to prepare for the fight – from which he’s expected to pocket $100 million – his camp did everything to the best of their ability.
“Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp,” he wrote.
“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.”
The 10 rounds McGregor lasted were the longest he’s ever spent in the cage or ring, being used to five five-minute rounds in MMA – but after taking a few days to reflect it appears he’s ready for the next challenge.
He also took the opportunity to promote his new Notorious whiskey.
He wrote: “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!”
The 29-year-old is widely expected to return to UFC, where he has world titles to defend. But given how he masterminded one of combat sports’ biggest ever fights, who’s to say what’s next?