After succumbing to Floyd Mayweather's greatness, Conor McGregor paid tribute to the legendary defensive craftsman in the post-fight press conference.

The UFC champion made his anticipated bow inside the squared circle last night, though his valiant effort was undone following Mayweather's masterful performance.

The 40-year-old came out of retirement to challenge Mayweather and amassed his 50th professional victory, surpassing heavyweight hero Rocky Marciano's long standing 49-0 record in the process.

And McGregor was the first to publicly congratulate Mayweather while complementing his tactics during their 10 round fight.

(Watch McGregor congratulate Mayweather at the post-fight presser:)

Credit: UFC

The Irishman started well, showing composure, while pumping his jab even tagging Mayweather with a sweet uppercut.

However, just like in the Nate Diaz fight, McGregor fatigued with Mayweather capitalizing as he made the necessary adjustments to earn the 10th round stoppage.

Mayweather applies the finishing touches. Image: PA

Following the victory, Mayweather subsequently retired (again) but where does this leave the 29-year-old?

Another boxing bout with Paulie Malignaggi appears to be in the offing with their feud intensifying on fight week.

Mayweather and McGregor embrace after the fight. Image: PA

And a return to the famed Octagon is also muted. A potential December return has been targeted with a Diaz trilogy or a rematch with Max Holloway suggested as next fights.

UFC president Dana White is hoping to promote him under the Zuffa banner.

White sitting alongside former business partner Lorenzo Fertitta. Image: PA

"I would rather he did not (box again)," White said at the post-fight press conference via Bloody Elbow.

"This isn't what he does. He's a mixed martial artist, where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons. And tonight he was only allowed to use his hands. I think he did great tonight. I don't think there's anything else left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts," he added.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a writer at SPORTbible. He is a combat sport aficionado and contributes to boxing and MMA articles.

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