Conor McGregor says 'solid fighter' Floyd Mayweather could excel in UFC

Conor McGregor and Floyd MayweatherChristian Petersen / Getty ImagesFloyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor by tenth round referee intervention last weekend.

UFC star Conor McGregor believes unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather could excel at mixed martial arts.

Mayweather defeated McGregor in the 1oth round of their boxing rules bout in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Mayweather is often praised for his boxing technique and defensive acumen but after sharing a ring with the 40-year-old, McGregor believes Mayweather could successfully transition from the boxing ring to the Octagon as he is also “a solid fighter.”

In an Instagram post, McGregor said Mayweather is:¬†“Strong in the clinch [with a] great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure.”

McGregor, magnanimous in defeat, congratulated Mayweather “on a well-fought match” but¬†conceded it is unlikely that Mayweather would compete in mixed martial arts as he has now retired from competitive sport.

He added: “[He’s] very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience, and his endurance won him this fight hands down.”

McGregor’s team told Business Insider this week that the fighter is now “taking some time off” but is expected to return to UFC in the next six months.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.