Floyd Mayweather is a scam artist who intentionally threw rounds to UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor to set up another potentially lucrative rematch. That’s the claim from HBO boxing commentator and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Lampley.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KO’s), 40, a former five-division world champion stopped the 29-year-old McGregor, who was making his professional boxing debut, in the 10th round on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor appeared to take the first three rounds as Mayweather hardly threw any punches. However, the 1996 Olympic bronze medalist took things more seriously in the second-half and broke McGregor down.
Lampley, who has served as anchor of HBO World Championship Boxing since 1988, suggested that Mayweather, who posted several training videos on Instagram last week, won’t stay retired after earning a guaranteed $100 million in the McGregor spectacle.
“Why should he retire? He created a marvelous scam with this whole thing,” Lampley told TMZ. “He allowed Conor to quote ‘win’ three rounds so that the whole MMA wish community could have something to latch on to. I think there’s a decent chance there’s enough suckers out there [that] Floyd could maybe make another $150 million. Why not?
“Why is he putting out videos of himself working out? Why else did he allow Conor McGregor to ‘win’ three rounds? Why did the whole thing last 10 rounds? It’s all a set up.”
Lampley also said in September that he expected Mayweather to eventually return to the ring and fight again, jokingly saying “Why not fight a woman next? I think there are all sorts of ways for Floyd to make more money. And, I expect him to make more money.”