Floyd Mayweather Resumes Retirement With Victory Over MMA Fighter Conor McGregor
One of the most anticipated matches in the history of professional boxing culminated as most fans, analysts, and bettors expected. The controversial and undefeated Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to score his 50th victory against a mixed martial arts fighter who surprised the world with unexpected boxing skills. Conor McGregor, a rugged and skilled MMA star who talked the requisite amount of trash expected for a major pay-per-view event, did not show up to the match for the sole purpose of collecting a paycheck. McGregor prepared for the fight as he should have; he made the weight, got his boxing license, and sharpened his skills to ensure that he would not be humiliated in the ring.
With celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Lebron James sitting ringside, the match started off with McGregor showing off that he actually prepared to fight against a very defensive fighter. As expected, Mayweather kept his distance and was quick to guard against the many punches thrown by McGregor, who landed enough to win the first round. McGregor taunted Mayweather by putting his guard down, a move that has never worked against the veteran champion. For his part, Mayweather seemed to be pleased with McGregor’s performance; he likely felt the sting of the MMA fighter’s punches before moving in for strategic clinches, which McGregor did not respect by continuing to punch despite warnings by the referee. By the time the fourth round came around, McGregor was probably winning in terms of points, but he was losing stamina very quickly.
Mayweather started punching and connecting during the fifth round. By the seventh round, McGregor’s punches lacked power and he started taking harsh punishment from Mayweather’s quick combinations. Although McGregor never hit the canvas, it was obvious that he would have done so had the referee not stopped the fight for a technical knockout in the tenth round. A flurry of punches by Mayweather left McGregor very bruised and disoriented; the MMA champ looked like he wanted to continue fighting with nothing but heart, but it was clear that he had abandoned all skills and was trying to avoid exhaustion since the eighth round.
This exuberant match served as a reminder to Mayweather that Father Time is the ultimate champion. He told the crowd that this victory was his very last fight; McGregor, on the other hand, still has some years left in him, but not in the ring. If anything, McGregor learned that the “sweet science” of boxing is nothing like MMA fighting, at least not for him.