And then it was done. In what can only be described as a historic night in combat sports history. Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor via TKO stoppage in the 10th round of the scheduled 12 round fight. The action took place at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In front of one of the highest grossing audience in sports history.
As Mayweather claimed his 50th victory inside the ring. Maintaining his unbeaten record as a professional boxer. And surpassing the boxing record of boxing heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.
Conor McGregor had been written off by many before the fight. But when it came down to the doing, the Irishman surprised many of his critics with a largely professional display, taking the fight to 10 rounds. And in many peoples eyes, including two of the judges. Taking a number of rounds from the future boxing Hall of Famer Mayweather.
McGregor got off to a flying start, throwing a flurry of punches at the 40-year-old. And scored points early in the fight. As the fight progressed, Mayweather began to assert himself on the waining UFC Champion. McGregor looked fresh past the halfway point in the bout. But Floyd Mayweather’s experience in Championship 12 round fights began to show. As he began to up the pressure and start walking down the Irishman.
McGregor did display some of the theatrics he is known for, at one point even putting his hands behind his back. But as the 10th round approached, you could sense that he was finally beginning to swing the fight in his favour.
McGregor becomes fatigued
Again, the fatigue forced McGregor to cover up. As he began to take a number of unanswered punches from Mayweather. The referee Robert Byrd had seen enough and stepped in to stop the fight.
All in all, a very enjoyable fight and you cannot knock the performances given by the UFC Champion. Compubox tells us that in the 10 rounds, McGregor landed only a handful of punches less than Canelo Alvarez. And more than the great Manny Pacquiao. So congratulations to both fighters for an entertaining and historic fight.