Mayweather stops the UFC's Conor McGregor to retire at 50-0

Mayweather stops the UFC's Conor McGregor to retire at 50-0

 By Danny Z | Senior Writer

Published: August 27, 2017


LAS VEGAS - In what was likely the biggest financial fight in combat sports history to date, boxing's most notorious figure, Floyd Mayweather, expectedly stopped the MMA world's Conor McGregor just as he said he would. 

As the opening bell sounded, the viewers were faced with the unusual notion of seeing a UFC and a boxing star fighting against each other in the same ring. McGregor, 29, pursued the action in the first round and was able to connect with an uppercut that caught Mayweather coming in. McGregor kept finding himself switching from southpaw to orthodox depending on the positioning of Mayweather. However, in typical Mayweather fashion, he [Mayweather] took the first few rounds to study McGregor's movements before stepping on the gas pedal. 

During the fifth, the 40-year-old Mayweather, who resides in Las Vegas, found some success in a sweeping left hook that landed on the fighter from Ireland. As the fifth round concluding bell was heard, Mayweather, seemingly frustrated, shoved McGregor on the back towards his respective corner. McGregor came out in the following round and found himself pivoting to a clinch behind Mayweather, and throwing shots in an MMA similar fashion. 

The ninth saw McGregor's fatigue become the most visible in the bout as Mayweather, realizing this, kept the pressure on by landing his straight right hand that eventually prompted referee Robert Byrd step in to stop the unprecedented matchup. 

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He’s a tough competitor.”
— Floyd Mayweather

Showtime's Jim Gray asked Mayweather (50-0, 27 KO) why it took so long for him to increase the pressure on the UFC superstar, and the former Olympic bronze medalist added that this was his team's game plan as they knew he [McGregor] would throw all his big shots early on and waste his energy. 

“I thought I was close. I thought I had him in the early rounds.”
— Conor McGregor

McGregor admitted in the post-fight interview that fatigue had overcame him, but felt that Byrd's stoppage was a bit premature. Nevertheless, Mayweather was on his way to a victory as he connected with over 50 percent of his punches, while McGregor found himself at the 26 percent figure. As the historical fighting sense goes; if a fighter lands over 50 percent of his power shots (Mayweather connected on 58 percent), then the win is usually in sight. 

McGregor stated that he still has business in the UFC world and will be returning to defend his lightweight title. He seemingly left the door open to another future boxing matchup, but it would obviously be difficult to match the hype and the financial aspect of a Mayweather caliber event. As for Mayweather, he stated that he is completely done and will not be enticed by another potential $300 million payday, if the time shall arise once again. Mayweather, who was up on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage (87-83, 89-82 and 89-81), has retired twice before and found his way back into the fight game as time progressed. But, maybe third time is actually the charm for one of the most dominant boxers in the sport's history. 

“This was my last fight tonight, ladies and gentleman. Tonight was my last fight, for sure. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you’re a hell of a champion and to the country of Ireland — we love you guys.”
— Floyd Mayweather

(Feature photo: Esther Lin / Showtime)

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