The eyes of the combat sports world were undeniably on Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor tonight as the two met in their much-hyped PPV showdown. And you know what? It delivered. Despite all the complaints and mocking that led us to tonight, what we got was a terrific fight.
In the end, Floyd Mayweather took the win via 10th round TKO (official time was 1:05). But while Floyd Mayweather walks away with the win and the historic 50-0 record, Conor McGregor put in a tremendously strong showing.
In the opening rounds, this was McGregor’s fight. He came out aggressive, and brought the fight to Mayweather. At the same time, he also used very nice counters to catch Floyd as he came in. I had Conor taking rounds 1-5, though 5 was a close one.
In round 6, Floyd starting moving forward more and landing shots while coming forward better. McGregor still landed some counters, but they were being outnumbered by the Mayweather offense.
In round 9, it became painfully obvious that McGregor was gassed. Mayweather took over that round, dominating and very nearly stopping McGregor. He survived and made it out for round 10, but he was on borrowed time. When Mayweather turned it on again, McGregor was hit by a barrage of shots and referee Robert Byrd wisely stepped in to wave it off.
In the end, it was a strange performance by Mayweather. On the one hand, it was a championship performance in many ways - facing early adversity, weathering the storm, then coming back to win. On the other hand, it was very un-Floyd. Nowhere was his amazing defense, replaced by a less effective and less technical offense.
Post-fight, Mayweather stated that he felt he owed fans for the Pacquiao fight, which is why he came out more straight ahead. He also stated that this was definitively the last fight in his no doubt future Hall of Fame career.