McGregor beaten but unbowed

27 August 2017 03:24:28 EST

Conor McGregor admitted tiredness played a part in his defeat to Floyd Mayweather after the bout was stopped by the referee in the tenth round.

The 40-year-old American, who had been tempted out of retirement to take part in the fight, has now won all 50 of his contests.

However, the 29-year-old McGregor, who is the UFC lightweight champion, thought referee Robert Byrd was wrong to stop his super-fight.

The Irishman said: "I thought it was close. I get a little wobbly when I'm tired. The referee could have let it keep going, let the man put me down. I am clear-headed.

"Where were the final two rounds? Let me wobble to the corner and make him put me down.

"He's not that fast, he's not that powerful, but boy is he composed in there. I thought it was close and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued.

"I have to give it to him, that's what 50 pro fights will do for you."

McGregor made a solid start to the fight but Mayweather slowly started to get on top and by the tenth round the Irishman was struggling when the referee called a halt to proceedings.

Mayweather, who was leading 89-81 89-82 87-83 on the ringside cards when the stoppage came, said: "He was a lot better than I thought. But I was the better man. I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance. Boxing's reputation was on the line."

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua is 1/40 to beat Kubrat Pulev in November.

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