Floyd Mayweather Retires At 50-0 After TKO-ing Conor McGregor
We all knew the end result of Mayweather vs. McGregor, but what we didn’t know was just how long it would take for the inevitable to happen.
Did Mayweather vs. McGregor live up to the hype? In this writer’s opinion, it was better than the last Floyd Mayweather fight with Manny Pacquiao—even if McGregor reverted back to UFC-mode throughout the boxing match. If you spent $100-plus dollars though to see this on your boob tube — you must have money to burn. Either way, the multi-million dollar match that was one of the greatest robberies known to man proved to be a surprising and thrilling exhibition in pugilistic exercise.
Money Mayweather improved to 50-0 with a 10th-round TKO over Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor, who was making his debut as a professional boxer, showed that he had a lot to learn about the art and sport of boxing, but there were moments throughout where McGregor looked to have a future in the game that desperately needs a primetime star once Mayweather steps down.
“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said after the match ended. “He used different angles. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight. I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I chose a hell of a dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.”
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The complement would come a bit bittersweet to hardcore fight fans, as Mayweather officially announced his retirement after the fight. Focusing on the body in the middle rounds to expel McGregor’s stamina, Mayweather gave McGregor the work after giving away the first three rounds. By the seventh round, McGregor looked spent and was dropping his hands at certain parts of the match. Two rounds later, McGregor was saved by the bell after Mayweather wobbled him with right hands.
Round 10 was all she wrote as Mayweather hit McGregor with a mean right and a clean combination against the robes. At 1:05, referee Robert Byrd jumped in to wave off the fight, declaring a match a TKO in Mayweather’s favor. “I thought it was close. Let me go down, let the man put me down,” McGregor said in a post-fight chat about the finish. “Wobbly and fatigued? I’m clear-headed. Let me wobble back to me corner. If they finished that round he’d be wobbling to the morgue.”
Mayweather landed 170 punches to McGregor’s 111, according to CompuBox, and landed 58 percent of his power shots. Specifically during rounds six to 10, Mayweather outlanded his opponent by a count of 130-60. At the time of the stoppage, Mayweather led on all three judges’ scorecards (87-83, 89-92, 89-91). McGregor showed good technique despite the one-sided predictions of him being unable to hang with Mayweather. “A win is a win, no matter how you get it,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend, and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day,” Mayweather said.
“This was my last fight tonight. For sure. Tonight was my last fight.”
Source: L.A. Times