In the end, the outcome we all knew was coming turned out to be true: The best boxer in the world beat one of the best mixed martial artists in a boxing match. Floyd Mayweather Jr. lived up to his expectations with a win over McGregor Saturday night as many people had anticipated.
Also, our SBNY Podcast gave their two cents on how the fight lived up the the hype, its entertainment factor, how it lives up to other fights and more.
Now, I’ve been following this storyline for a while. I’ve written about how I didn’t believe this fight would happen, what if pieces and prediction pieces. Now as a Conor McGregor/UFC fan, I truly saw this coming but I couldn’t believe it or even speak it. Conor McGregor has an aura about him that is so entertaining and addicting. He truly believes everything he says and visualizes himself doing the impossible and most of those predictions come true. I had to do that. I had to believe in him and have that mentality, to think he could pull off this upset. I was all in on McGregor.
But 40 years young Floyd Mayweather did his thing in-between those ropes. He said he was going to entertain and win this fight for the fans. He felt he owed them one after the poor performance in the Mayweather/Pacquiao bout. The 40-year-old boxer earned a technical decision in the 10th round, Conor McGregor ran out of gas and Floyd Mayweather took over in the later rounds.
In the early rounds McGregor looked to be taking care of business. He landed some good shots and was fresh, but he didn’t land that LIGHTS OUT shot that he needed too. Floyd Mayweather is like a computer when it comes to counter punching. He downloads and calculates your moves and rhythm in the early stages and then just takes over.
Even if the judges saw it as an overwhelming Mayweather advantage at the time of the stoppage, per MMAjunkie, McGregor did land some bigger shots on the veteran boxer that we haven’t seen in a long time.
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) August 27, 2017
People were giving McGregor absolutely no shot of winning, some even saying he wouldn’t win a round and let alone land a punch. When it turns out that McGregor landed nearly 30 more punches then Manny Pacquiao.
McGregor landed 110 punches. Over/under was 31.5. Pacquiao only landed 81 against Mayweather.
— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) August 27, 2017
McGregor’s downfall though just seemed to be he was out of gas and his stamina just wasn’t there. He tried his best to work in some punches while in the clinch with Mayweather in the middle rounds when he started to clearly fatigue. We saw this happen to McGregor in his first bout with UFC’s Nate Diaz when he was choked out he just doesn’t seem to be able to go the absolute distance.
By the mid-point of the fight. McGregor was running out of steam and Mayweather was just getting going. He was pushing the pace, standing in the middle of the ring and making McGregor move constantly on the outside. You saw the gas getting low for Conor when his lead hand wasn’t up and distancing himself from Mayweather. In the early rounds it really helped McGregor land a couple right jabs and keep Mayweather at bay.
By round nine, it was all Mayweather. McGregor could barely keep up his arms as Mayweather rained blows on him. Referee Robert Byrd had little choice but to intervene in the next round as McGregor stumbled back against the ropes after a series of heavy right hands.
McGregor wasn’t too pleased with the fight being stopped, he much rather of gone out on his back. “I thought it was close. Let me go down, let the man put me down,” McGregor said about the finish. “Wobbly and fatigued? I’m clear-headed. Let me wobble back to me corner.”
For all of the pre-fight predictions about McGregor struggling as a novice, the MMA star showed good technique and an overall respect for Floyd in the end, and vice versa. McGregor also forced Mayweather to fight and avoided a one-sided performance in defeat that nearly all critics predicted.
In the end, the fight lived up to the hype in my eyes. Two fighters stepped between the ropes under a particular set of rules; one came out victorious and both came out rich. Conor McGregor fought one of the greatest boxers of all-time and made him work for the victory. He showed great composure, didn’t throw any illegal hits that some critics thought he would once things got bad.
And Floyd Mayweather showed the world again that even though a lot of people don’t like the man, the boxer is a showman and a gladiator who deserves our respect. 50-0 is no joke and he will “retire” as one of the greats.
I’m not happy with the result, but such is life. Mayweather will most likely go out with a perfect record and be known forever as the greatest defensive boxer ever. McGregor will now have to find another opponent to square off against, whether that’s in the boxing ring or back in the octagon.