After recording a record-breaking amount of pay per view orders, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor showed the world why they were the big ticket fight on Saturday night. What was dubbed by some as “the greatest combat sports event in history” crashed pay per view broadcasts in Florida and California, causing a slight delay in match time.
The delay only heightened the tension between the two fighters. Conor McGregor, known for his brute force and aggressive trash talk had plenty to say to reporters in the locker room prior to the fight.
“He will be unconscious inside four rounds,” McGregor said.
Mayweather shared a similar sentiment with reporters in his own locker room interview.
No matter what happened in the big money fight on Saturday, McGregor would cash in on 30 million. Which starks in comparison to the guaranteed 100 million Mayweather had set up for the conclusion of the match.
When the fight began, Mayweather looked out of place, struggling to take into account McGregor’s more compact build typical of an MMA fighter. McGregor used this to his advantage, distancing himself with light footwork and quick jabs. By doing so, McGregor kept Mayweather’s usually explosive punches at bay and landed the majority of the shots in the first four rounds.
McGregor fought with poise and careful planning for as long as he could, but it wasn’t long before fatigue began to set in. Being a fighter only used to a match lasting close to 25 minutes and four ounce gloves, McGregor began to fade after the fourth round.
Heading into the seventh round, Mayweather began landing blow after crushing blow against McGregor. McGregor could barely lift his arms that round as his opponent continued his barrage of punches.
Robert Byrd, the official of the match, finally called the fight at the 1:55 mark of the tenth round, Mayweather ending it with an unremarkable record of 50-0 by way of technical knockout.
After the fight, the two athletes congratulated each other in the center of the ring as a sign of sportsmanship and class.
“He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight,” said Mayweather after the fight. “This was my last fight, ladies and gentlemen.”
McGregor complimented Mayweather on his victory in a post-fight interview.
“He’s not that fast, and he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed,” said McGregor.
While the fight was not the perfect match many hoped for, it was still a thrilling spectacle to behold. It definitely lived up to the potential that the money fight bolstered for months, shining as a contender for “fight of the century.”