Updated April 1, 4:15 PM CT
Floyd Mayweather (Photo:Twitter)
Conor McGregor (Photo/Twitter)
Sunday, August 2017 08:27:54
Mayweather scores 10th-round TKO on McGregor
Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor by technical knockout in the 10th round of Saturday night's historic fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather is now 50-0.
The official stopped the bout ruling the fight a TKO after McGregor failed to throw a shot for over a minute as Mayweather landed a flurry of shots. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges had scored a win for Mayweather 89-81, 89-82, and 87-83.
While McGregor lost the bout, he won over many of his biggest critics as he controlled the fight through the first four rounds before Mayweather began his attack in the fifth. McGregor landed 111 of 430 punches thrown, which was a higher amount of punches and a better connection percentage than Manny Pacquiao did against Mayweather, according to MMA Fighting's Mike Chiappetta. In comparison, Mayweather landed 170 of 320 punches.
After the fight, Mayweather confirmed that he will be retiring at 50-0 and commended McGregor for his efforts. With the win, Mayweather passes Rocky Marciano's perfect 49-0 boxing record.
Moments after dispatching Conor McGregor by 10th-round TKO in Las Vegas on Saturday, the 40-year-old boxer announced the fight that saw him improve to 50-0 would be the last of his illustrious career.
"Money" ended a retirement dating back to September 2015 to meet McGregor at T-Mobile Arena, but revealed he'd be hanging up his gloves once again after the blockbuster bout in the weeks leading up to it. Often compared to heavyweight Rocky Marciano for their impeccable 49-0 records, Mayweather now rides off into the sunset having one-upped his fellow luminary.
In addition to capturing 15 world titles across five different weight classes, Mayweather cemented himself as arguably the greatest defensive tactician and draw in the history of combat sports, with Saturday's bout expected to shatter the record buyrate of 4.6 million pay-per-views he and Manny Pacquiao set in their 2015 superfight.
The Michigan native calls it a career with an Olympic bronze medal and wins over the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Juan Manuel Marquez to his name.
"A win is a win, no matter how you get it," Mayweather said, according to MMA Fighting's Dave Doyle. "Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day. This was my last fight tonight. For sure. Tonight was my last fight. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with. Conor you are a hell of a champion."
While McGregor hinted that he will return to the Octagon, he fared well enough as a boxer that he may make another appearance in the squared circle. Showing his true MMA nature, McGregor was frustrated that the official stopped the fight before he went to the canvas, but appeared in great spirits in his post-fight interview.
Friday, June 2017 06:30:56
Mayweather vs McGregor floats all boats
The bout is a 12-round boxing match to be contested at 154 pounds - a light middleweight bout by the sweet science's standards - with 10-ounce gloves. McGregor is contractually forbidden from throwing anything other than punches, and stands to lose a healthy slice of his life-changing payday if he does, White told the media Wednesday.
"That will not happen," White said, according to the LA Times' Lance Pugmire. "First of all, that is absolutely in the contract. No. 2, this is a boxing match under the Nevada State Athletic Commission, under the rules of boxing.
"When you talk about a guy of Floyd Mayweather's level and value in the sport, the lawsuit, if that ever happened ... Conor likes money, man - Conor would depart with a lot of money if that ever happened."
"The Notorious" most recently fought at lightweight (155 pounds) - stopping Eddie Alvarez to win the divisional crown at UFC 205 - and spent most of his promotional stint as a featherweight. Mayweather is no stranger to the agreed upon weight himself, one of four at which he's held a world title.
As for the pre-fight drug screening, White revealed the United States Anti-Doping Agency - the UFC's anti-doping partner - will handle the sample collection and subsequent testing, a condition he claims Mayweather readily agreed to.Shortly after McGregor's August blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather was confirmed Wednesday, the UFC president joined a conference call to shoot down speculation on whether a loss by McGregor would hurt the promotion or the Irishman's legacy. The way White sees it, McGregor should be commended - not questioned - for daring to share a ring with the decorated, undefeated Mayweather.
"At the end of the day, these two guys wanted this fight, the fans wanted this fight, and Conor is a mixed martial artist going into a boxing match with arguably the greatest boxer of all time".
White continued "Listen, is he at the level of a Floyd Mayweather as far as boxing standards go? No, but the kid, first of all, is a southpaw and people can argue one way or the other but Floyd, traditionally, if you want to say there’s ever been a kink in the armor with that kid, it’s with southpaws. And Conor McGregor is an absolute knockout artist. When he hits you, you go. So it’s part of the fun of this fight, is Conor McGregor, in a 12-round fight, gonna be able to touch Floyd Mayweather?"
McGregor edges closer to Mayweather on betting lines
The improbable became reality on Wednesday, and the betting world has responded accordingly. Floyd Mayweather may have opened as a -1100 favorite and Conor McGregor a +700 underdog ahead of their August blockbuster boxing match, but not 24 hours after it was announced, "The Notorious" has crept a little closer on the betting lines, with Bodog listing them at -500 and +350, respectively, according to Pro Boxing Odds.
According to Jeff Sherman of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, bets have been limited to a maximum of $2,000.
Mayweather and McGregor meet on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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