Conor McGregor was told he had “nothing to be ashamed of” by boxing great Lennox Lewis and several others came out in support of the Irishman as the dust started to settle on his round-10 loss to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
The UFC star was not expected to last longer than a round by many on his boxing debut, particularly given his opponent is one of the greatest fighters of all time.
But going to the 10th round has earned him plenty of credit, particularly on American soil, with the bout described as “amazing” and McGregor praised for making the notoriously cagey Mayweather open up.
Here, Press Association Sport rounds up some of the best social media reaction to the mega-fight.
Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade:
Former England striker Gary Lineker:
NBA hall-of-famer Shaquille O’Neal:
Four-time world champion Shane Mosley:
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert:
American broadcaster Cassidy Hubbarth:
Seattle Seahawks quarter-back Russ Wilson:
Wrestler Triple H:
Manny Pacquiao, once a foe of Mayweather and also beaten by him: