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Conor McGregor says he needs to work on ‘patches’ of ‘fatigue’

Boxing fans or casual onlookers who tuned in to Saturday night’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor and weren’t previously familiar with McGregor’s work probably came to the conclusion that McGregor is a fighter who starts fast and fades.

What they haven’t seen, in the UFC lightweight champion’s previous fights, is that he also has the ability to gain a second wind and push forward to the finish.

McGregor most famously did so in his second fight against Nate Diaz last summer. McGregor started strong, lagged in the fight’s midpoint, then pushed through in the fourth and fifth to earn a majority decision at UFC 202.

Thus, the Irishman would have liked to see to Saturday night’s fight, which was waved off in the 10th round at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, continue.

“If you look at the Diaz 2 fight, I came through that, came back in round four and round five,” McGregor said at the post-fight news conference. “I would have liked to see the end of round 10 and see where it brought us.”

But McGregor also acknowledged that his habit of starting fast and hitting the wall is something on which he needs to work.

“I think fatigue, it’s like a patch, there’s a patch somewhere in the middle,” McGregor said. “I’m thinking about the Diaz 2 fight, I have this patch where I must overcome, I get a little wobbly. But it’s more fatigue.”

At the end of the day, though, Mayweather was coming on strong and landing heavy shots, and McGregor wasn’t about to detract from the 50-0 boxer’s accomplishments.

“[Mayweather is] a hell of a competitor,” McGregor said. “Switched it off, kept his head up. You’ve got to take your hat off to Floyd. A hell of a career, congratulations.”

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