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Floyd “Money” Mayweather versus Conor “The Notorious” McGregor. Many of the McGregor fans are giving him such credit for hanging in the fight for 10 rounds and hitting Mayweather 111 times out of 430 punches, that is only 26 percent. Why do they think this is such a big deal? McGregor being the younger fighter should have been able get in a some good punches on the much older fighter.
Let’s talk about what the facts are and what we as fight fans truly witnessed. We will start off with McGregor who is truly a mixed martial artist and a world class athlete. McGregor was asked a little over two years ago would he like to fight Mayweather.
He has five MMA fights in that time and had the opportunity to train and throw hands. The point being is that he may not be a “pure” boxer but he knows how to defend himself in the ring. Taking time away from MMA, he has dedicated himself to becoming a boxer and to fight Mayweather.
McGregor is twenty-nine years old and at the top of his game. He is bigger than Mayweather in height and weight. The mixed martial artist has the longer reach. When you put all of these factors together, McGregor should be able to beat Mayweather. He has said that he could knock Mayweather out inside of four rounds. McGregor talked the talk and he was given the opportunity to back up him claims.
Now, let us take a look at Mayweather.
He is almost 41 years old and has basically been sitting on the couch for the last two years. He last fought on September 12, 2015 against Andre Berto, twelve rounds for his forty ninth victory. What he brought to the equation was an unbeaten and unblemished record. Mayweather came into the fight with 26 KO’s. He is not as fast as he once was and he has brittle hands.
McGregor had the opportunity to use the so called power of his left hand all through the fight but he never hurt Mayweather or had him in any type of trouble. Mayweather on the other hand was very methodical in the way that he fought. He let McGregor throw everything that he could throw but to no avail. It became apparent that in both MMA and in boxing, McGregor’s conditioning and cardio are suspect. One thing that McGregor is not short on is bravado but all of his bravado could not save him.
Mayweather fought a fight that no one thought that he would fight. He advanced at every turn and defended when he needed to do so. The 40 year old brittle handed one fought a masterful fight. With every round, Mayweather showed why he has been unbeaten for his entire career. Many folks are lauding McGregor for being able to last into the 10th round and for his bravery for getting in the ring with Mayweather. McGregor actually had it in his head because of his size and power he would just walk over Mayweather but was he very wrong in his thinking.
McGregor was in over his head from the time that there was talk of he and Mayweather fighting. Believing that being one of the best MMA fighters in the world would be enough to get the job done even in a boxing match got him in trouble.
Mayweather showed that even at an advanced age, he had more than enough left in the tank to beat the much younger fighter. He was not breathing hard at all.
Even at his age, he showed that as always, his conditioning was on point. When the fight was stopped in the 10th round, McGregor looked like a beaten fighter. Mayweather looked as if he had plenty energy left to continue. So with all of that being said, Floyd Mayweather stopped Conor McGregor in the 10th round by TKO. Mayweather will ride off into the sunset with an unblemished 50-0 record and another large payday.