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Mayweather Gets TKO Over McGregor In 10th Round

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor Fight

What many thought that the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight was a circus, turned out to be a great show. Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor by TKO at the 1:05 mark in the 10th round. Both Mayweather and McGregor promised the fans a great show and it certainly was. Even though McGregor lost, you have to respect his performance in the ring.

From the opening bell, McGregor came out strong. He was loose and had impressive movement. He connected with some powerful shots and landed a lot of jabs. Turns out that he’s a pretty good jabber. McGregor was switching up perfectly on Mayweather and kept him guessing. Mayweather however, seemed to come out flat. He was clinching a lot and wasn’t throwing many punches. You could tell that age was catching up to Floyd. It was part of his strategy to let McGregor throw himself out, but it wasn’t as pretty as in the past. He was moving slower and didn’t have the hand speed that he’s known for. The first three rounds belonged to McGregor with the fourth and fifth rounds a slight edge to Mayweather. Mayweather landed some power punches in those rounds and the tide turned in his favor from then on.

In the sixth round, Mayweather came out aggressive. He didn’t jab McGregor to death like many thought he would. Instead, Mayweather threw (and connected) with a lot of power punches. “Money” even landed a few haymakers.  He started to look more relaxed in this round and recorded his first clean round win. McGregor fought back in the seventh with a vicious body blow to hurt Mayweather to start the round. Once he regained his composure, Mayweather stayed with the same power punch strategy. Both fighters landed some good significant punches, but Mayweather was given the advantage.

The Beginning of the End

The eighth round started to show the difference between boxers and MMA fighters. McGregor came out strong, but fatigue was setting in. His stance was getting sloppy and his punches were sluggish. While some of those punches landed, Mayweather seemed to have coasted in that round. In the ninth round, we saw Conor McGregor in the full defensive for the first time in the fight. With each punch that Mayweather connected, McGregor just seemed to not be able to get reset. He did execute a couple good counters, but he was losing his composure and energy.

Mayweather came out guns blazing in the 10th round. Almost every punch he threw was connecting. McGregor was gassed to the point where he could barely stand. You could see him looking up at the clock to see how much time was left. He was just trying to get the round over with. Mayweather could smell blood and was on the full offensive. He kept Conor contained on the ropes and kept pounding away. With 1:05 remaining in the round, the ref had no choice but to stop the fight. McGregor hadn’t thrown a punch in over a minute.

After the fight, McGregor showed his aversion in the stoppage. “I didn’t go down. He should’ve let him put me on the canvas” he said. When asked about Mayweather, McGregor added, “He was composed. He’s not that fast and doesn’t have a lot of power, but he was composed.” The win gives Mayweather a record of 50-0 on his professional boxing career.

Floyd had his strategy in place, but McGregor definitely surprised him early on.  He claims he was setting up McGregor to throw all of his big punches early in the fight. If that was the plan, it worked out well as McGregor threw 430 punches during the match. Overall, Mayweather performed better in the second half of this fight than he did against Manny Pacquiao. Floyd even addressed that in his post fight interview. “I had to make up for the Pacquiao fight tonight. I had to put on a good show for the fans.” And a good show (from both fighters) is what the fans received.

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