Depending on how you talk to, Conor McGregor impressed in his August 26th boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, by winning the bout’s first three rounds. But, according to legendary boxing commentator Jim Lampley, all that was part of Mayweather’s master plan…
Mayweather went on to stop the UFC’s lightweight champ in their all-star bout this past summer, but many scored the first rounds for McGregor. Since the latter had never competed in a pro-boxing match, a lot of fans and combat sports insiders praised the Irish star for his performance.
Then again, there were people, particularly in the boxing world, who argued Mayweather played it extra safe in the opening rounds. In addition, there’s been some who have outright said the undefeated fighter let McGregor win the rounds, as a means to keep the fight interesting. Well, it sounds like Lampley’s part of that camp, as he recently told TMZ the following (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Why should he retire? He created a marvelous scam with this whole thing,” Lampley said. “He allowed Conor to quote ‘win’ three rounds so that the whole global MMA wish community could have something to latch on to. I think there’s a decent chance there’s enough suckers out there Floyd could maybe make another $150 million. Why not? It’s all a set up.”
“Are we having a bet on whether or not Floyd Mayweather wants to make another $150 million? It’s not a bet. Why else is he putting out videos of himself working out? Why else did he allow Conor McGregor to ‘win’ three rounds? Why did the whole thing last 10 rounds? It’s all a set up.”
The only person who really knows the truth here is Mayweather and his inner circle. Could Mayweather have been much more aggressive in the opening frames? Absolutely. But, he may have also been taking his time to study McGregor’s movement, and let some of his power gas out, rather than risk getting clipped early on. If Mayweather had lost, his entire legacy would have taken a massive, massive hit.