MMA star Conor McGregor lost in his extraordinary debut as a pro boxer, but he was widely expected to do so seeing as he was facing TBE, the now officially retired Floyd Mayweather Junior. But in light of how surprisingly well the Irishman conducted himself on Saturday night, showing genuine boxing skills, his time in the ring may not be over almost as quickly as it began.
I don’t blame Mayweather for taking this fight. Put yourself in his shoes – some obnoxious ponce incessantly trash-talks you, AND you get to beat the shit out of him? Like legally? For hundreds of millions?
“No, he doesn’t deserve (the 50-0) record, because he’s not fighting a fighter. He’s not fighting a real boxer. McGregor is a good MMA guy, but it’s a different sport.” – Bob Arum.
The former pound-for-pound best fighter in the world Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. defeated two-division UFC champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor via a tenth-round technical knockout, as he unleashed a powerful barrage of hard punches that badly staggered McGregor and had him close to being knocked out, which forced referee Robert Byrd to stop this junior middleweight fight at one minute, five seconds. All three judges: Dave Moretti (87-83), Burt Clements (89-82), and Guido Cavalleri (89-81) scored the bout in favor of Mayweather, at the time of the stoppage.
So much for those people who said Conor McGregor would not be able to land a single punch on Floyd Mayweather. Last night, in the most heavily hyped fight in years, MMA star McGregor did considerably more than that; catching Mayweather with uppercuts the odd left hook and a number of fast right-hand jabs.
What was widely derided, going in, as a bad joke/potential black eye/farce/disgrace proved to be none of those things. Instead, quite shockingly, what we got last night in Las Vegas was one of the most watchable, compelling and entertaining Floyd Mayweather fights is quite some time. It may be taken as an insulting claim, but last night’s fight was more exciting and was far better value for money than was the incredibly disappointing Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight.
Future Boxing Hall of Famer Floyd “Money” Mayweather ended his historic career in style on Saturday night with a convincing 10th-round technical knockout victory over UFC mega-star Conor McGregor in the main event of a four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs) looked old, slow and weak tonight but he was still able to wear down and halt novice fighter Conor McGregor (0-1) in stopping him in the 10th round on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather was hitting a very tired McGregor at will in round 10, which led to referee Robert Byrd stepping in and stopping the fight.
SATURDAY, AUG. 26 – POST-FIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE
TBD Shortly After the Conclusion of SHOWTIME PPV from T-Mobile Arena
WEIGHTS: Floyd Mayweather 149.5 vs. Conor McGregor 153
On November 16, 1974, an accomplished Thai kickboxer named Saensak Maungsaurin made his professional boxing debut against a young California-based Filipino named Rudy Barro. Barro’s record of 14-9 going into the bout wasn’t particularly glittering, but he was on a four fight win streak, including a victory over an undefeated, highly ranked Jimmy Heair that propelled him to a top five ranking in the lightweight division. So, there was reason to believe that Saensak was taking on more than he could handle by facing Barro without any prior boxing experience; and for the first minute of their fight that very much appeared to be the case. Barro steamed forward and pelted his slower rival with right hands and combinations; after about two minutes of this, he drove his opponent into the ropes and stepped forward to finish matters off…
As soon as it hit the news-wires that whopping great 42/1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas had beaten the “invincible” Mike Tyson, by stunning KO, the entire world went into shock. But even this monumental boxing upset would be topped if MMA star/boxing debutante Conor McGregor managed a win over the 49-0 Floyd Mayweather tonight in Las Vegas.
So says Buster himself, the man who sent the world of boxing, indeed sports, into a state of disbelief that February morning in Tokyo, Japan. Douglas, speaking with TMZ Sports, said a McGregor win over Floyd would be an even bigger upset than the one he scored over 25 years ago.
Conor McGregor proved a lot of boxing fans wrong today in making weight at 153 lbs. for his mega-fight against 40-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor not only made weight, he also won the event in trash talking Mayweather from start to finish during the face off.
McGregor got the crowd on his side with his animated behavior on stage, and just with the charisma that surrounded him. There was no competition. McGregor, 29, was like a star on stage at the weigh-in on Friday. In contrast, Mayweather kind of blended into the background, as if he wasn’t even there.