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CONOR McGREGOR was leading against Floyd Mayweather after four rounds, boxing trainer Teddy Atlas said.

MMA superstar McGregor crossed codes in August 2017 as he made a professional ring debut, beaten in ten rounds by former pound-for-pound king Mayweather.

3Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor in 2017Credit: Getty - Contributor

But the Irishman, who was the UFC lightweight champion at the time, got off to a quick start.

So much so that Atlas - working as a pundit for the fight - had him up at the half-way point - until Mayweather caught up to him.

He said in an interview with The Schmo: “To the credit of McGregor, he was ahead.

“I know you guys are going to probably choke on your pecan pie that you’re having right now but he was ahead after four rounds.

"I was there for ESPN calling the fights, and I was there with the great Chael Sonnen sitting ringside and after four rounds he was ahead

"He being McGregor – and there’s a reason for it: because he was using his reach.

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“He’s a southpaw, he’s got long arms, he’s a counter puncher and he was staying outside with the counter punching, using his reach, using his jab.

"Four rounds, he was ahead. But then, of course, Mayweather did what he had to do in his realm to break him down, and he did, and he got to him.

"But the point I’m making is, styles make fights.”

Despite Atlas' claim, only one of the three judges agreed with him, as the other two had Mayweather, 44, leading three rounds to one after four.

McGregor, 33, was given special permission by the UFC to go out of his contract and fight the boxing legend.

Four rounds, he was ahead. But then, of course, Mayweather did what he had to do in his realm to break him down, and he did, and he got to him.

Teddy Atlas on Conor McGregor's fight with Floyd Mayweather

Several other UFC stars have since flirted with the idea of lacing up the gloves, most recently welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, 34.

Usman has called out boxing's pound-for-pound best Canelo Alvarez, 31, in the past, but Atlas has warned him against the switch of codes.

He said: “He’s got physicality, he’s very strong, he’s a decent puncher and he’s not a bad striker – although I think a lot of his strengths are on the mat with his knowledge there and his physicality.

“You throw him in there with a B-level guy or even a good journeyman guy, no.

"I don’t want to upset anyone with the fans out there, but as long as the rules are strictly boxing, no he wouldn’t be able to have tremendous success there.”

3Boxing trainer and pundit Teddy AtlasCredit: Getty 3UFC welterweight champion Kamaru UsmanCredit: Getty

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Britney Spears breaks her silence after ex reveals her sons have refused to see her for months

BRITNEY Spears has broken her silence after it was revealed she hasn’t seen her sons for months.

In a new interview Britney’s ex husband told how to  Preston, 16, and Jayden, 15, have made the decision not to see her.

3 Britney's boys Preston and Jayden are having time apart from their mum 3 Britney Spears has opened up about the hurtful interviewCredit: Instagram

Hitting back, the pop star – described being ‘saddened’ by the ‘hurtful’ move – as she insisted she ‘gave them everything’.

In an emotional post, she wrote: “It saddens me to hear that my ex-husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children.

“As we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone. It concerns me the reason is based on my Instagram. It was LONG before Instagram.

“I gave them everything

“One word: Hurtful... I'll say it... My mother told me "you should GIVE them to their dad" ... I'm sharing this because I can!!!”

In an explosive interview, her former husband Kevin, 44, said: “The boys have decided that they are not seeing her right now.

“It’s been a few months since they’ve seen her. They made the ­decision not to go to the wedding.

“It’s been tough. It’s the most ­challenging thing that I think I’ve ever had to do in my life.”

Kevin went on to say he has “apologised” to Preston and Jayden over the stream of online pictures posted by their mother.

In a series of interviews, parts of which will be aired on ITV News this week, he tells me: “I try to explain to them, ‘Look, maybe that’s just another way she tries to express herself’.

"But that doesn’t take away from the fact of what it does to them. It’s tough.”

In June, Britney, 40, married her partner Sam Asghari, 28, and bought a sprawling £10million mansion a stone’s throw from the Federline ­family home in Los Angeles.

Her glitzy wedding to the model and personal trainer was attended by celebrities including Madonna and Paris Hilton — but the majority of the Spears clan did not receive an invite.

Preston and Jayden were on the guest list but decided not to go after they halted contact with Britney ­several months ago.

Kevin said: “They were happy for her but as they’re not seeing her right now, they made the decision not to go to her wedding.”

3 Kevin says he explains to the boys that Britney's naked posts are her way of expressing herself

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