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Floyd Mayweather Reveals Why McGregor Outlanded Pacquiao and Cotto

Floyd Mayweather Reveals Why McGregor Outlanded Pacquiao and Cotto

He may have lost, and got stopped by Floyd Mayweather but Conor McGregor landed more punches on the undefeated fighter than boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, among others.

And the 40-year-old has explained why and how the UFC star was able to outland Pacquiao and Cotto.

McGregor successfully punched Mayweather an impressive 111 times, with 'Pacman' connecting 81 shots during their 2015 super-fight.

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Mayweather and Pacquiao exchange shots. Image: PA

But McGregor outlanding Pacquiao and Cotto was down to Mayweather, of course.

"That's because I wasn't counter-punching and boxing," the 50-0 fighter told Fight Hype via Bloody Elbow.

McGregor turning 'Mayweather into a Mexican' was also part of the reason why he was able to land on his chin.

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McGregor lands a punch of Mayweather. Image: PA

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"The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down.

"That was the game plan, let him shoot everything. I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back.

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Following a lackluster affair against Andre Berto prior to his first retirement, Mayweather wanted to give the boxing fans a show hence his aggressive approach.

A style which caught McGregor off guard. His boxing coach, Owen Roddy, confessed that in camp they had not prepared for that attack.

"I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch but that's not what I wanted to do. I wanted to press and push him," Mayweather said.

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Mayweather in action during his 49th professional bout. Image: PA

"I told you guys I was going to go straight ahead and I know going straight ahead I was gonna take some contact.

"I was gonna get hit with some shots, but I wanted to give the fans and everybody around the world an exciting fight and I feel that's what we did," Mayweather added.

Topics: mayweather, mcgregor, Pacquiao

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.