Though the master mixed martial artist proved he can box too–his best effort wasn’t good enough against Mayweather.
Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of all time and proved it once again by defeating the “Notorious” Conor McGregor. Coming out of retirement at the age of 40, Mayweather beat McGregor via 10th-round TKO, improving his record to 50-0.
“Our game plan was to take our time, then take him out at the end, down the stretch,” said Mayweather after the fight. Though McGregor looked impressive in the early rounds, landing more blows than many thought he would–McGregor soon became frustrated with Mayweather’s game plan.
As the rounds wore on, the fatigue set in and McGregor began looking sluggish. As McGregor tired out, he left openings for Mayweather to land several power shots that stunned him. Mayweather’s strategy seemed to exhaust McGregor enough before the fight was stopped by referee Robert Byrd in the 10th round.
“He’s a tough competitor. I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. He’s a lot better than I thought he was. But I was the better man tonight,” said Mayweather after his victory.
“He’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed,” said McGregor, who was gracious in defeat.
Now that the much-anticipated fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and the “Notorious” Conor McGregor is over, what now?
When talks of this fight were first happening, many people believed that May-Mac would determine which sport–boxing or MMA–is superior. But in all actuality this fight just proved how different the sports really are.
Even though Mayweather beat McGregor fair and square in the boxing ring, there will always be talk about the results if Mayweather would have entered the Octagon. This fight should be taken at face value–both fighters made a lot of money and it made for an entertaining event.
Even though this fight simply proved that boxing and MMA are very different and neither sport’s reputation was damaged–it would be naive to think that there won’t be future discussions of fights between boxers and MMA fighters.
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