CONOR McGREGOR led Floyd Mayweather by four rounds, said boxing coach Teddy Atlas.
McGregor in August 2017 broke through the ring, on his professional debut, and was defeated by Mayweather in ten rounds.
But the Irishman, the UFC lightweight champion at the time, got off to a quick start.
So much so that Atlas – working as a match expert – caught up with him halfway through – until Mayweather caught up with him.
He said in an interview with The Schmo: “On the credit of McGregor, he took the lead.
“I know you guys are probably choking on that pecan you’re eating right now but he was ahead after four rounds.
“I was there for ESPN to call the games, and I was there with the great Chael Sonnen sitting on the sidelines and after four rounds he was ahead.
“He’s McGregor – and there’s a reason for that: because he’s using his reach.
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“He is a male tennis player, he has long arms, he is a counter puncher and he is outside with the counter punch, using his reach, using his stab.
“Four rounds, he was in the lead. But then, of course, Mayweather did what he had to do in his field to knock him out, and he did, and he got there. with him.”
“But the point I’m making is, style makes the fight.”
Despite Atlas’ claims, only one of the three referees agreed with him, as the other two had Mayweather, 44, leading three rounds with one after four.
McGregor, 33, got special permission from the UFC to run out of contract and fight the boxing legend.
Four innings, he took the lead. But then, of course, Mayweather did what he had to do in his field to break him, and he did, and he got to him.
Teddy Atlas in Conor McGregor’s fight with Floyd Mayweather
Several other UFC stars since then flirt with the idea of lace up gloves, the most recent weight division champion Kamaru Usman, 34 years old.
Usman called boxing Canelo Alvarez is the best pound-for-pound, 31 years old, in the past, but Atlas warned him about the code switch.
He said: “He’s physical, he’s very strong, he’s a good puncher and he’s not a bad striker – although I think a lot of his strengths are on the pitch. with his knowledge there and his physicality.
“You throw him in there with a B-level guy or even a good adventurer, no.
“I don’t want to upset anyone with the fans out there, but as long as the rules are strict about boxing, he won’t be able to have a huge success there.”
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