Floyd Mayweather Jr: 'Conor McGregor better than I expected'

Mayweather heaps praise on McGregor
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Floyd Mayweather Jr says that Conor McGregor was a tougher boxing opponent that he expected him to be.

Floyd Mayweather Jr has praised Conor McGregor after defeating the UFC champion in their Las Vegas super-fight.

The 40-year-old American described his opponent as a "tough competitor" and admitted that he exceeded his expectations in the boxing ring.

"He is a tough competitor," BBC Sport quotes Mayweather as saying. "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."

McGregor landed a number of early blows in the opening rounds, but referee Robert Byrd brought the contest to a close in round 10 as the UFC man struggled against fatigue.

Mayweather will return to retirement with a 100% record in 50 professional bouts.

Conor McGregor celebrates winning a fight with his Irish flag and belt
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