The curiosity that was ‘The Money Fight’ (pitting the world’s biggest boxing and MMA stars against one another) came and went Saturday night… and at the end of the day it probably played out as was the most likely scenario going in. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather moved to 50-0 (27 KOs) as a professional scoring a tenth round TKO of Conor McGregor (0-1, 0 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as seen live on pay-per-view. The fight seen round the world ended 1:05 into the tenth stanza when the referee stepped in to stop the action with the Irishman in duress along the ropes while Mayweather pounded away mercilessly.
Things started well for McGregor who came out agressive yet very measured. In Round 1 the MMA star came forward and was the only one punching as he jabbed at Floyd from a very awkward stance. Mayweather just covered up and scarcely threw a punch.
The first three rounds were incredibly awkward and unexciting as McGregor forced the action with a very bizarre and unorthodox rhythm while Mayweather just covered up and measured his man.
In Round 4 Floyd flipped a switch, found his timing and began to stalk Conor with sharp right hands. McGregor’s sheer size (it was estimated he was 15 – 20 pounds heavier) allowed him to stay in there and he remained awkward for Floyd, but it became increasingly easy for ‘Money’ with each round that passed.
McGregor looked frustrated at the midway point, and couldn’t help himself from grabbing Floyd, turning him and landing tapping punches to the back of the head. It didn’t seem malicious as much as it appeared odd.
In Round 9 Floyd started to land at will and McGregor looked severely fatigued. He lasted the round but in the tenth it was all over and done with as Mayweather battered the Irishman from pillar to post. The referee stepped in and stopped it at the 1:05 mark with McGregor on his feet yet helpless on the ropes.
The win moved Mayweather to a historic 50-0 and he affirmed his plans to remain retired in his post fight speech.
“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” the 40-year-old Mayweather said. “He used different angles and he was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight. I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I told them I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I must come straight ahead and give the fans a show, and I think that’s what I gave them.”
“I thought I took the early rounds pretty handy,” McGregor said. “He had to change his style and fair play to him, he did. He adjusted. He’s composed. He’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed in there. I’ve got to give him nothing but respect.”
Early estimates have Floyd with a guaranteed purse of $100 Million that could grow as high as $300 Million, with McGregor taking home a sure $30 Million that may rise as high as $100 Million.
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