In a result that didn’t surprise many people, Floyd “Money” Mayweather defeated Conor “The Notorious” McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The hype leading up to the fight was of the charts as two different combat sports worlds collided in a 12 round junior middleweight boxing match.
Mayweather was an overwhelming favorite in this fight but he started slow. The current two division UFC champion McGregor did his sport good as he more than held his own against the best fighter in the history of boxing and to some surprise won some of the early rounds in the fight which Mayweather said after the fight that it was part of the game plan to allow McGregor to use all his power shots early and once he got tired to go and attack him.
“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch. We know in MMA he fights for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, he started to slow down. I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance.
McGregor started to look fatigued around the 8th round and that’s when Mayweather started to press on McGregor. Mayweather went for the kill in the 10th round when he came out more aggressive and after a series of punches without reply, referee Robert Byrd called for the end of the fight. Mayweather got the TKO victory 1:05 into the round. With the win Mayweather picks up his 50th win in his career with no losses and surpasses Rocky Marciano who retired with a 49-0 record. After the fight Mayweather announced his retirement.
But you have to give McGregor credit because as a fighter making his pro debut, he did take Mayweather to the 10th round and he did force Floyd to change his strategy during the fight. After the fight McGregor said that he thought that the referee stopped the fight a bit early and that he should’ve been allowed to be knocked down by Mayweather but in the end he was very happy by his performance and he praised Mayweather.
“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back, when you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different. Let the man put me down.
He’s composed, he’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy, is he composed in there. I thought it was close though, and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued. He was just more composed with his shots. I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fight will do for you.”
He then said that he would get back in the octagon and return to fight in the UFC.
CompuBox statistics show that Mayweather landed 170 of 320 punches (53 percent) while McGregor connected with 111 of 430 punches. (26 percent)
So did the fight live up to the hype? Most people would say so. We got an entertaining fight with and outcome that most expected. Mayweather gets to ride off into the sunset undefeated, while McGregor gets to return to the UFC knowing that he has earned the respect of boxing fans and made the sport of MMA proud.
Author: Mando ‘the Monster’ Medina – El Paso Herald-Post