Floyd Mayweather Jr. for sure had his last good dance in a dancing bout against Conor McGregor. Although many thought it was going to be a fierce fight, it turned out being a good dance. Many are of the view that these two fighters made millions to not throw one hard punch. Good business anyway! The fight took place on August 27, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Being his 50th, he mentioned that this was his last fight. With boxing reputation on the line, Mayweather knocked out McGregor at the 10th round, and being the first ever boxer with 50 straight wins, undefeated—record. He said, “I gave the fans what they wanted to see”, Mayweather said after the fight. “I told them that I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I must come straight ahead and give them a show.”
McGregor started well, but Mayweather showed his quality to come through. Mayweather jabbed McGregor with a series of rights and lefts. McGregor almost fell to the ground but was saved by the referee as he stepped in to stop the fight with over a minute remaining in the 10th round.
Mayweather kept positioning his body in a way that McGregor could only hit the back of his head. For most boxers, they would not throw that punch. But McGregor is not most boxers. He mostly hit the back of Mayweather’s head, and the referee seemed reluctant to do anything about it. But that did not stop him from landing some strong right hands. He was completely in control. Given that U.F.C. fights are much shorter than boxing matches, McGregor’s stamina was in question. And he certainly got tired in the late rounds as Mayweather made easy work of him.
This is what Mayweather had to say after the fight.
“He is a tough competitor and I thought we gave the fans what they wanted to see.
“He is a lot better than I thought he was, he used different angles and was a tough competitor but I was the better man tonight.
“Our game-plan was to take our time, let him shoot all his heavy shots early on and then take him down at the end, down the stretch.
“We know in the MMA he fights 25 minutes real hard and after that he starts to slow down.
“I guaranteed this fight wouldn’t go the distance. A win is a win.”
However, McGregor felt the fight could have continued. This is what he also said.
“I took the early rounds fairly handy,” he said. “I thought it was close, I thought the stoppage was a bit early, there was a lot on the line and I thought he should have let me carry on.
“I was just a little fatigued. He is composed and you have got to give it to him.