Undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather has taken time out from a holiday in China to make a stunning claim about his August super fight with Conor McGregor.
Mayweather outclassed McGregor to win their much-hyped super fight by TKO in Las Vegas to improve his record to 50-0, surpassing heavyweight great Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record for most wins without a loss or draw.
McGregor won the first three rounds of the bout but it was pretty clear the American was happy to feel his way into the contest and let the Irishman do the bulk of the fighting for the first nine minutes.
When Mayweather had decided he'd seen enough from the UFC superstar he immediately upped his game and took the fight to McGregor, taking full advantage of his exhausted opponent in the last seven rounds of the fight.
Four months on from the second biggest pay-per-view (PPV) fight in history, Mayweather has now claimed he "carried" McGregor to make the spectacle more attractive to more than four million viewers who ordered the fight.
"Everybody tried to protest the Mayweather-McGregor fight, right?" Mayweather said, via FightHype.com.
"But I'm going to tell you all the truth. You know I carried McGregor. You know I made it look good for y'all."
Despite being thoroughly outboxed and tiring badly as the contest wore on, McGregor declared after the fight that he would win any rematch between the pair.
"What's sickening me is that the little (expletive) is retired now. That's what sickening me," McGregor said during an event in Glasgow.
"I know if I went another go with him, under boxing rules, I'd get that win. I know that. I know after feeling him in that first fight, he had to change his whole approach.
"He fought completely different than he fought (before). He couldn't figure out what I was doing early on. I feel with the lessons I learned, if I had another go around, I'd get it."
Mayweather also took aim at retired boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya, who said recently that he'd be ready to step back in the ring to face McGregor.
"You know I'm competitive," De La Hoya said on 'Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew', a daily digital radio show.
"I still have it in me. I've been secretly training. I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I'll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more (fight). I'm calling him out. Two rounds, that's all I need. That's all I'm going to say."
Mayweather didn't miss the chance to hit back at his longtime rival, who was one of the most vocal opponents of the cross-over fight with McGregor in the first place.
"Isn't Oscar De La Hoya the same guy who was talking about me fighting Conor McGregor and he was trying to protest and stop the fight? Now he's trying to fight Conor McGregor! Is he a hypocrite?" Mayweather quipped.