In retrospect, Floyd Mayweather had his amateur opponent right where he wanted him throughout their much-hyped fight last weekend – but for those watching it home, it seemed like Conor McGregor was putting in a steely challenge.
And at the time it appeared as if Mayweather was losing his cool with the Irishman, culminating in a push at the end of the fifth round, during which the former champion spoke some words to the UFC fighter.
When asked what he had said to McGregor, Mayweather replied: "I said: 'You still haven't knocked me out? You said it wouldn't go past four, when are you going to use your power?'," the Mirror reports.
McGregor tired as the fight wore on, and the referee stopped the fight in the tenth round after McGregor suffered a flurry of punches that knocked him off balance.
Of McGregor's fighting style, Mayweather said: "He was solid, but I've been off for a couple of years and I'm older now. I still have a hell of an IQ and I'm still a thinker.
"His punching power is solid but I've felt it before so I kept coming forward. It wasn't the kind of power that stopped me coming forward.
"I told you guys I'd come straight ahead. I could have sat back and counter-punched. My plan was to let him shoot heavy shots and take him down the stretch.
"I wanted to let him shoot heavy shots from the beginning."
Hmm, get punched until the other guy gets tired – we've seen that game plan before.