Mayweather wins the fight by stoppage!
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Beats Conor McGregor in 10th Round T.K.O.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., the face of boxing for more than a decade, punctuated a stellar, yet controversial career with a technical knockout over first-time professional boxer Conor McGregor on Saturday night.
In the 10th round of a surprisingly well-matched fight, Mayweather backed McGregor onto the ropes with a series of rights and lefts. McGregor’s face was red with blood. When he failed to defend himself anymore, the referee had to intervene to stop the fight with 1:55 remaining in the round.
Mayweather’s legendary status
This match isn’t ordinary in any respects. Mayweather is one of the boxing greats. His undefeated run spans to 49 wins, matching Rocky Marciano’s perfect 49-0 record.
Mayweather faced Manny Pacquiao two years ago in a match which became the highest grossing game in boxing history. The fight grossed $600 million in total, crushing the previous record of $150 million for Mayweather-Alvarez.
Because of the hype of that match, and the incredible revenues involved, both Mayweather and Pacquiao managed to triple their previous career-high paydays. Pacquiao grossed $125 million from the fight, while Mayweather pocketed an incredible $240 million after turning the match in his favor.
Though he retired after expanding his record to 49 undefeated wins, the 40-year old boxing legend is raring to go again despite spending almost 2 years away on the sidelines.
Mayweather vs. McGregor is to take place after months of speculation and name calling from both sides. Both parties have now confirmed that Mayweather vs. McGregor is indeed set to happen and will take place in Mayweather’s home-city.
Mayweather was immediately placed 11-1 favorite against McGregor. Many believe that what little odds McGregor has is because of the small bets placed by UFC fans who want to see their hero win.
These odds are not very unlikely considering that McGregor isn’t a boxer, and he is going to face the greatest defensive boxer of all time in a fight which will be governed by boxing rules and take place inside a boxing ring.
Another big disadvantage for McGregor is that he will have to wear boxing gloves which will weigh 10-ounce, unlike the smaller gloves wore in UFC. He will also not be allowed to use the leg kicks or takedowns that are used in mixed martial arts. If he does, the match will end immediately and McGregor will have to face a heavy lawsuit.
McGregor wants to do the unthinkable!
However, McGregor, UFC's reigning lightweight champion and former featherweight champion (the championship was stripped away from him when he decided to take time off from fighting after the birth of his daughter), is known as much for his bravado as for his explosive knockout power inside an MMA octagon.
The Irishman stole the headlines in an interview he gave after his compatriot Michael Conlan's winning debut as a professional boxer in March.
"Watch me take over boxing, trust me on that," McGregor told the media. "Watch me step in and shock the whole damn world. I'm 28, a confident ******, long, rangy, dangerous with both hands. Believe me, I'm going to step in there and knock out Floyd (Mayweather) and you're all going to eat your words. I am boxing."
Speaking to GQ this year, he said: "He's 40 years of age. He's a little… he's got a little head on him. Honestly, my fist is bigger than his head. I sleep people. I put people unconscious. I'm stating facts. If I hit that man, his head is gonna go into the bleachers. You understand that? If I crack that little head of his, it's gonna go clean off his shoulders and up into the bleachers.”
Mayweather knows how to fight back!
Floyd Mayweather was no less forthcoming whenever he was asked about Mayweather vs. McGregor. The boxing great said in May: “It's the only fight that makes sense (for me). When Floyd Mayweather fights, it's history.”
"The only thing I am chasing is my own records. And I mean pay-per-view records. We have to give the people what they want to see. The fans demand that fight; we have to give them what they want to see to make them happy."
In an interview with the Telegraph, Mayweather said: "The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight. If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I'd let Floyd Mayweather kick my *** for a lot of money. It makes business sense.
"This guy said I'm a *****, I'm scared, I'm a chicken. All 49 said the same thing and all the results were the same.
"When I was a young fighter I could brag and boast and say I'm going to take his *** and do this and that. I'm Floyd Mayweather. But once I reached the top I didn't have anything to say."
Boxing Legend vs. Martial Arts Icon
Less than two months remain until the fight happens in Las Vegas. Both superstars weigh in at 154 pounds, and will take part in a match which once again is expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue.
The fight will be a pay-per-view event and will be organized by Showtime sports. It is expected that the tickets will cost around $99.95, which is the same price as that of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao that drew a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys.
"This is really an unprecedented event," said Stephen Espinoza, Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports. "Really we haven't seen anything in modern history that resembles it, it's impossible to predict how many sales this will do."
There has been a lethal development in the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. ESPN has reported that the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has unanimously approved the fighters to fight with 8 oz. gloves, even though safety concerns for the fighters had been raised by the ARP.
Off-field trash talks are always expected when Conor McGregor faces any opponent. McGregor certainly knows how to talk, and he is skilled at using his charisma to undermine his opponents. His painful jab of words can lower the confidence of any boxer, even if he’s a legend who has yet to experience defeat in a boxing ring.
Mayweather is experiencing the full force of McGregor’s trash talking. He was totally humiliated during his faceoffs with the reigning UFC Lightweight champion. McGregor insists that he’s already won the trash talk battle with the boxing icon.
Tough times for McGregor?
It’s one thing to trash talk your way to superiority and another to actually prove that you’re better in the ring. McGregor maybe a kickboxing icon, but he lacks actual boxing experience. He has already been warned to keep his feet on the ground on August 26. Failing to do so will result in his immediate disqualification from the match. He’ll also have to pay millions in fines to the Mayweather team.
McGregor has been learning some very good moves he could use in the boxing ring. He had Paulie Malignaggi helping him learn some epic boxing moves. He’s already shown us how good he has become at sparring. And according to the pictures released by the McGregor camp, he’s certainly beating the hell out of Paulie.
However, Paulie Malignaggi disagrees with the impression being created by the McGregor camp. He has already parted ways with McGregor and announced openly that McGregor isn’t as good enough at boxing as he is being portrayed by his PR team.
This is what he said after he left Conor McGregor's team:
“I have been hearing a lot about this McGregor situation and I got to thinking – you know what? – I am kind of interested,” Malignaggi said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“At first I was telling Conor to stay in his lane and I was thinking you are going to embarrass yourself, but if you are really going to disrespect the sport of boxing like that then I would like to be the one to teach you that lesson.
“I would never disrespect your sport and tell everybody 'you know what, I could beat the best fighter in the cage'. You shouldn't come to our sport and tell everybody you could beat the best fighter in our sport in a ring.
“I know you apologised about absolutely nothing last fight, but after I am done with you – I am going to knock the beard off you homie – you are going to be apologising for everything you have been trying to do to get into boxing."
McGregor, however, insists otherwise. He was quick to denounce claims from his former trainer in his comments at Showtime’s All Access.
“He stayed in there, gotta give respect to that, but that was it,” McGregor said about Malignaggi. “He came, he got his a** whooped and that’s it.”
He also insisted that he’s been working hard in training and believes that he can beat the undefeated boxing legend.
“I am always told I can’t do this, I can’t do that. When someone tells you, you can’t do something, that’s when you must do something,” McGregor said. “I am going to stop this man. There’s no doubt in my mind. This man will be unconscious inside four rounds.”