The highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor ended with Mayweather getting his hand raised to surpass Rocky Marciano’s historic undefeated 49-0 record to establish himself in the record books at 50-0. Mayweather calculated McGregor in the early rounds and then turned his offensive output up to earn a tenth round stoppage.
Mayweather has been known for his outstanding defensive boxing skills but said in numerous interviews prior to the fight that he would give the fans the fight they wanted and that it wouldn’t go the distance. Mayweather’s promise was delivered but many argued the stoppage came a bit early while others including UFC President Dana White agreed with the ref calling the fight at the moment he did.
While McGregor has been known for his timing and precision that finishes his opponents in the Octagon, he was able to land some clean shots on Mayweather, which has been a daunting task for Mayweather’s opponents throughout his career. Floyd commented on feeling McGregor’s power at the post-fight press conference held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“As far as his punching power – he’s solid,” Mayweather said (transcribed by MMA Junkie). “I’ve felt it before, so that’s why I kept coming straight ahead.
“Obviously, it wasn’t the type of power to say, ‘I can’t come forward.’ Because if it were that type of power, I wouldn’t have come forward.”
The two opponents shared a friendly and respectful demeanor when the fight came to an end and gave their personal thoughts on how things went in the ring. With all the hype and trash talk leading up to the fight, it was a great sign of sportsmanship from both superstars and gave fans the same amount of excitement in the ring as they did building up their historic fight.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/29/2017.