The Oasis Reporters
August 28, 2017
Say this about Floyd Mayweather : He’s still in fighting shape and one of the greatest boxers ever rolled out of retirement to beat up UFC champ Conor McGregor. A first professional boxing match for McGregor, he put up a spirited fight at the start. Yet Mayweather dictated the slowing down pace so the referee wrapped it up for them in the 10th round.
Mayweather pocketed two things : a 50-0 record and a cash haul of at least, $100 million. Despite the batter and pain in McGregor’s defeat, he’s going home with at least $30 million.
Not bad for the sweat.
The fight was on August 26, 2017
during a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Floyd Mayweather Jr. picked up his 50th win in his amazing career by defeating Conor McGregor via a Technical Knock Out at 10th-round.
He has now beaten Rocky Marciano’s record who retired in 1956 with a 49-0 record.
McGregor showed bravery in first professional boxing fight, but it was clear that strategic skill belonged to Mayweather.
Midway into the fight, McGregor began looking visibly fatigued and Mayweather intuitively saw the crack in his body defense and revved up his aggression, something hardly seen in his previous 49 victories.
According to SHO Statistics, Mayweather had landed 132 punches compared to 80 for McGregor entering the 10th round.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix saw the change in style and said ” McGregor had no answer for the barrage” of blows from McGregor, referee Robert Byrd had no other choice than call for the bell.
BBC Sports says that may be the last fight for Mayweather who had told Showtime Sports’ Jim Gray he “had underestimated McGregor’s abilities coming into the night”, according to UFC’s official Twitter account.
Mayweather’s last knockout was against Victor Ortiz in 2011 remaining one of the best defensive boxers in history.
McGregor is UFC’s lightweight champion alright but in Mayweather, he seemed like a learner.
Great boxing legends like Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya have all tried in the past to take down Mayweather and they all failed. McGregor’s fighting chance in his boxing debut was very little .
Saturday’s fight was not a fight for equal fists in the ring. Instead, it offered Mayweather one more massive payday and granted McGregor the opportunity to earn more from one night than he had over the entirety of his UFC career to date. And he got some fame, having fought an all time great, is now part of his CV.
ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell projected in June Mayweather vs. McGregor could gross a little over $606 million. The two fighters signed a confidentiality agreement, so their full earnings are unlikely to ever be revealed, but ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported Mayweather will take home a purse of at least $100 million, while McGregor will make a minimum of $30 million. That is as financially successful as the
Mayweather’s victory over Pacquiao in May 2015, even when the fight was an anti-climax.
Rovell and Rafael had reported then that Mayweather took home between $220 million and $230 million, while Pacquiao earned $150 million, which was to be divided between he and Top Rank founder Bob Arum.
An ageing Nigerian boxer, Bash Ali had been hoping for a commercial match of this nature in the capital city of Abuja, but Nigerian officials have often given him the cold shoulder to box on.