Floyd Mayweather fooled us all again and made a bundle

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    Most onlookers – myself included – gave former UFC featherweight and current lightweight champion Conor McGregor almost no hope of defeating the most accomplished boxer of the past 30 years.

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    Floyd Mayweather, who is guaranteed to become boxing’s first billionaire after today’s bout, had too many tools at his disposal against McGregor, the UFC’s most famous knockout puncher who was making his pro boxing debut.

    That doesn’t mean the Irishman didn’t have his moments, though. The bigger, more powerful fighter, who had inflated up to 170-pounds after weigh-ins, was able to land several impactful blows on Mayweather, who barely threw a punch during the opening rounds.

    Conor McGregor Boxing 2017

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    In the fourth it became apparent that it was all strategy when he broke the fourth wall, stopping mid-fight to wink at ringside commentator ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard.

    “That was our gameplan,” Mayweather explained after the fight. “We wanted him to shoot with heavy shots in the beginning.”

    McGregor, who had never fought more than 25 minutes in his mixed martial arts career, was simply unprepared to fight at Mayweather’s pace, throwing less and less with every round that passed by.

    By the tenth, Mayweather’s constant pressure proved to be too much, with the referee calling a halt to the fight while ‘Money May’ pounded on the still-standing Irishman.

    In what he claims is his farewell fight, Mayweather delivered with his most entertaining fight in at least a half-decade, putting an end to his reign of terror on pay-per-view, selling the age-old story of good-versus-evil $100 at a time.

    The arrogant multi-millionaire has cultivated a pro wrestling-esque persona as “The Ted DiBiase of boxing”, who lives in a 22,000 square-foot mansion and flaunts his wealth at every turn.

    Behind the fake bad guy gimmick, is an even worse human. A true ghoul, an unrepentant serial woman beater with a record that includes physical assaults of at least five different women in the not-so-distant past.

    And, as sadistic as it sounds, his out-of-the-ring episodes have all helped to line his already fat pockets.

    Floyd Mayweather Boxing 2017

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Fans pay a small fortune for a ridiculously overpriced ticket or whip out their credit card to witness a Mayweather fight in hopes that the serial abuser will end his night looking up at the ceiling lights.

    But he never does.

    This time, the story was a little different. To make Mayweather-McGregor the most lucrative fight in the history of combat sports, the cerebral villain needed to convince the public that he might actually lose this time.

    The public already believed that Ricky Hatton was the blue-collar underdog capable of cleaning Mayweather’s clock. They believed baby-faced ‘Canelo’ was up to the task. And they believed Manny Pacquiao could win ‘The Fight of The Century.’

    It was harder to convince ticket and pay-per-view buyers that a relative novice could even lay a glove on the most accomplished boxer of the past three decades.

    Mayweather planted seeds of doubt in the back of your mind to make you ask the question “what if?”.

    “What if McGregor lands that left hand?”

    “What if Mayweather comes in underprepared?”

    Mayweather hyped up McGregor’s chances, told the press that he was over-the-hill, campaigned to fight in smaller gloves, ate greasy fast food days before the fight, and spent the week leading up to the fight “partying” at his Las Vegas strip club which he misogynistically named Girl Collection.

    But when the bell sounded, the result was never really in doubt.

    Justin Faux
    Justin Faux

    Justin Faux is a seasoned combat sports scribe. Covering mixed martial arts and boxing since 2007, Justin has been published on NineMSN Australia, Fox Sports, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and dozens of other outlets. You can follow him on Twitter @justinfauxmma.

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    The Crowd Says (23)

    • August 27th 2017 @ 4:01pm
      LuckyEddie said | August 27th 2017 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

      You have to wonder how dumb were the people that paid to watch this rubbish. The again FOX/NEWS Corp have been pumping it up for months. Fake News – Fake Fight.

      • August 27th 2017 @ 4:15pm
        rock86 said | August 27th 2017 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

        ‘The fans’ are what created this fight in the first place.

        They really didn’t have to do too much promoting for fans to watch, once the fan calls grew louder the 2 boxers followed the script to a tee and the fans just ate it up. Then, Mayweather just had to plant that little seed of doubt in peoples mind to facade the match as a ‘real’ contest.

      • August 27th 2017 @ 4:52pm
        rnid said | August 27th 2017 @ 4:52pm | ! Report

        the same dumb sheeple who vote for politicians.

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      August 27th 2017 @ 4:10pm
      BigJ said | August 27th 2017 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

      I think your igroant to think that Mayweather was not going to win. He did fool anybody into thinking thag he was going to lose he just stated McGregor record and tale of the tape. I hoped that McGregor would fly kick Mayweathers head into the fifth row but it did not happen. Mayweather is a wife beating punk that looks like he will never get the beating he sorely deserves

      • August 28th 2017 @ 11:20am
        Farqueue said | August 28th 2017 @ 11:20am | ! Report

        You predicted a McGregor victory.

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          August 28th 2017 @ 1:37pm
          BigJ said | August 28th 2017 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

          I would of liked a Mcgregor victory but it comes as no surprise that Mayweather won.

    • August 27th 2017 @ 5:07pm
      Garry Edwards said | August 27th 2017 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

      Clearly a grab for cash by all including Rupert, who was just given given $30mil Australian by Turnbull to cover uhh, hummm Foxtel content…. part of the fight????? And no questions asked or accountability statements given by Turnbull.
      As for the farce just witnessed I was hoping Mayweather for a win and, got it not that I’m a fan however of the two I’d rather see that brash irish Git go back to Dublin and dig spuds as a loser rather than be continually inundated with MMA promo’s depicting him as an ambassador.
      Anyway lets all go back to our slumber and await the fourth coming of Mundine………………OMG.

    • August 27th 2017 @ 5:09pm
      Mattyb said | August 27th 2017 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

      Was an interesting fight. Mayweather started like he usually does which probably made McGregor look better than he is,it was a good tactical approach from Mayweather.
      It ended nothing really like Mayweather. I thought he could have taken McGregor much earlier. He had no caution at all in the end which is most unlike him,McGregors punches had no power at all. Mayweathers a good tactical boxer,the ref did a great job to stop the fight when he did,McGregor could have ended up seriously hurt and was well out of his depth. Put him up against others with serious punching power,or even someone not over the hill and he will get seriously hurt.

    • August 27th 2017 @ 5:26pm
      Brendon said | August 27th 2017 @ 5:26pm | ! Report

      Sally Pearson performed amazing stuff at the recent world champs and it barely registered a mention in the news. This joke of a “fight” – something on the level of Keeping Up With the Kardashians gets heaps of interest. They weren’t even fighting for any titles – only money.

      If this doesn’t prove that sport these days is little more than quick-fix entertainment I don’t know what does.

      Actually on second thought this fight was worse than the Kardashians. They don’t pretend their show is anything but trashy reality-tv where as these two obnoxious and odious “athletes” just completed a great swindle.

      • August 27th 2017 @ 7:10pm
        Craig said | August 27th 2017 @ 7:10pm | ! Report

        womens hurdles v boxing. Not really on the same level mate.

        • August 28th 2017 @ 6:18am
          not so super said | August 28th 2017 @ 6:18am | ! Report

          yeah, one has integrity

          • August 28th 2017 @ 8:58pm
            Simoc said | August 28th 2017 @ 8:58pm | ! Report

            dunno. They only put in hurdles so those who can’t run fast enough on the flat could win something 🙂

      • August 28th 2017 @ 4:22pm
        Matthew H said | August 28th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

        If I could get a front-on camera angle of Sally winning the World Champs this year I would have it on loop in my house – right next to Kyle Chalmers winning the 100m Olympic Freestyle.

        You also forgot to mention that ‘Dasha’ Gavrilova won her maiden WTA event on Sunday morning and the match was an absolute peach.

        Personally I really wanted to see McGregor get his head knocked off. This was just another example of the misguided way people believe the BS coming out of the media – Brexit, Trump and now this fight.

        The fight was fine, Mayweather was imperious, McGregor was way out of his depth. McGregor lucky to not look too badly beat up afterwards. Was absolutely shocked at the lack of power shown by McGregor and for me confirms my suspicions about the quality and integrity of the UFC.

    • August 27th 2017 @ 7:06pm
      Mike Julz said | August 27th 2017 @ 7:06pm | ! Report

      Mayweather goes out in style. He didn’t showcase his usual defensive style tho, the one with his left hand down with shoulder up, and the right hand up blocking his right face. The whole fight he had both of his hands up blocking his face while coming forward, and throwing that right hand. He was a different Mayweather in this fight. He didn’t showcase this in his last 10 to 15 fights. He had a purpose and his purpose was to not go the full 12 rounds and he did just that.
      McGregor after this should know his real place now, he belongs in the MMA world. No denying his money pulling power, but leave the boxing to the real boxers.

      • August 27th 2017 @ 10:29pm
        Ian Whitchurch said | August 27th 2017 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

        I think you’ll find McGregor had prepared for the Philly Shell.

        Money being Money, in short. Regardless of him as a human being, he is the best defender on the planet, in any sport.

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