And just like that, it’s all over. In one of the most hyped up fights of all time, Floyd “Money” Mayweather dropped Conor McGregor via a 10th-round TKO.
Both McGregor and Mayweather promised that this fight would go the distance and they held true to their word. The fight, however, would last much longer than many expected.
Mayweather came out with a very conservative approach while McGregor was the complete opposite. After the fight, Mayweather explained that this was their game plan the entire time. McGregor’s aggressive approach early on paid off as he took the first three rounds 10-9. Once Mayweather got a read on him, he started throwing more punches. Mayweather would go on to win the remainder of the rounds except round 9 and finish McGregor off with a TKO in the 10th round.
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“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather explained after the fight. “I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I had to come straight ahead and give the fans a show. That’s what I gave them. He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be. He’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”
“He’s composed, he’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy, is he composed in there,” McGregor said. “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 a lot more composed with his shots. I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”
Coming from someone who didn’t really like McGregor before last night’s fight, I am now proud to say that I could not be a bigger fan. Coming out in his first boxing match ever, McGregor took one of the greatest pound for pound fighters in boxing history 10 rounds and did so in historic fashion. From a macro perspective, this could not be better for combat sports as a whole.