It's been months since the dream boxing match between Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and "The Notorious" Conor McGregor was made official. We've seen the all the hype and all the talking (and talking and talking and talking). Now, it's finally over. What went down?
Going into the fight, everyone assumed Mayweather would win. After all, this was a boxing match and he was the boxer. However, many held out hope for McGregor, as he was younger, stronger and had a reach advantage.
The crowd was in an absolute frenzy. McGregor was on the attack and it seemed all Mayweather could do was play defense. McGregor clearly won the first three rounds. This wasn't how many thought the fight would go, though many hoped it would.
The announcers said Mayweather seemed like a shadow of his former self. He wasn't nearly as active and wasn't throwing many punches. There were times McGregor seemed like he might be disqualified for throwing hammer fists, which Mayweather baited him into doing. Was this his master plan? Provoke a DQ? However, we'd all soon learn he had an entirely different plan in mind.
Starting in the fourth round, Mayweather started fighting back. McGregor was still landing hits, but Mayweather was landing his own as well. He was the winner of the fourth round, and suddenly the fight shifted.
There's one very important difference between boxing and MMA that Mayweather chose to exploit. In his career, Conor's longest fights were five five-minute rounds, totaling 25 minutes. Meanwhile, boxing consists of 12 three-minute rounds, totaling 36 minutes. "Money" banked on having more cardio than McGregor.
After the flurry of the first three rounds, McGregor had punched himself out and was starting to breath heavily. Mayweather gave him the beginning of the match to secure the win later on. He defended himself brilliantly from the barrage and began his own assault when McGregor started to tire.
The longer the fight went on, the worse it got for the notorious one. He was having a hard time keeping his hands up and Mayweather was landing heavy, heavy shots. McGregor tried hugging him in defense to catch his breath, but it was only a temporary solution that wouldn't last much longer.
Finally, the fight came to a conclusion. The referee stepped in between the competitors and ended the bout at one minute and five seconds into the tenth round. The official decision is that Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Conor McGregor via technical knockout.
Many felt that the stoppage was premature. After all, McGregor was still on his feet. However, his guard was completely down and Mayweather was teeing off on him. It could have gotten ugly very quickly. Seeing that he wasn't intelligently defending himself, the ref made the right decision, despite protests from McGregor or the fans.
So after all that trash talk, how did the fighters greet each other after the bout? With smiles, hugs and kind words. It's nice to see the spirit of good sportsmanship shine through, especially in such a heavily viewed fight. In fact, this fight was so heavily viewed that it actually crashed several streams.
McGregor impressed in his professional boxing debut. He wound up landing 30 more punches on Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao did, and in two fewer rounds to boot. In the end, it was an exciting fight... which is more than Pacquiao can say about his fight with Mayweather.
So, McGregor lost (so much for that bet he made on himself). But he performed better than most anyone thought. He says he'll be fighting again in the UFC, and he's now a bigger star than ever. It was a win-win for both fighters and the match exceeded fans' expectations. Not a bad night for boxing.