Boxing referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in Round 10 giving the win to the undefeated boxer via technical knockout. For the MMA fighter, the stoppage was a little too early.
Some celebrities who shared the same sentiment. Among them were singer-songwriter John Newman and “The Mick” actor Thomas Barbusca.
“To be honest think the ref may have called that a bit early,” Newman tweeted. Barbusca also tweeted, “don’t get me wrong, this fight was dope. but don’t end it there! this wasn’t finished… #MayweatherMcGregor.”
In a post interview with Jim Gray of Showtime, McGregor explained why he thought Byrd should have allowed the fight to continue. He pointed out that he had worse situations in the MMA cage.
“I’ve been here before,” McGregor told Gray. “I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back, so I don’t know. I would’ve just let it go.”
McGregor added that everything was different to get in the squared circle and it was a lot more fun. He still believed that he and Mayweather had a close fight.
“Don’t get me wrong, I get a little wobbly when I’m fatigued,” McGregor said so Gray asked if he got tired. The UFC champion replied, “That’s exactly what it is. It’s fatigue.”
For McGregor, this is exactly the reason why he thought the referee could have just let the fight keep going. The Irish MMA fighter pointed out, “Let me go down, let the man put me down wobbly and fatigued.”
What McGregor wanted to emphasize was that being fatigued is simply losing energy and not being damaged. He insisted that he was clear-headed.