The Best Ever: Mayweather defeats McGregor by TKO in tenth round

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    Floyd Mayweather has defeated Conor McGregor by a technical knock out in their big-money fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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    It was the most financially successful fight in boxing history. Mayweather came out of retirement (for the second time) to fight McGregor, the face of the UFC and an athlete 11 years his junior.

    As anticipated as this fight was, there was always an undertone of expectation. If Floyd didn’t win, what does that mean? Can there be more cross-over fighters? Or is Conor just that special of an athlete that he can jump sports at the elite level? The answer to all those questions is no.

    Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather Boxing 2017

    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Tonight we saw the finish on a very smart and amazing career. Floyd’s resume is nothing short of amazing, and although tonight had all the makings of a Rocky story with the 0-0 UFC figurehead taking on the two-decade belt holder, we saw why Floyd calls himself The Best Ever, TBE.

    McGregor brought potential power, awkward movement and a mindset a lot of boxers can’t reproduce but in the end those attributes don’t make an amazing boxer. Mayweather’s speed, timing and tactical potshots were enough to hold McGregor at bay, so much so that he couldn’t really show off his perceived strengths.

    It happened against Pacquaio and it happened tonight against McGregor. Mayweather put on a display that was nothing short of a masterclass in the sweet science rendering his opponent ineffective. Floyd lived up to his word about walking McGregor down to knock him out and Conor didn’t live up to his word about knocking Mayweather out in two to four rounds.

    Floyd Mayweather Boxing 2017

    (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

    Although the first two rounds showed potential for McGregor, Mayweather brought back a former version of himself, a KO master. He walked McGregor down with complete disregard for his power, ate everything he had to offer and then finished him off in the tenth round when the ref stepped in to save Conor.

    The crowd didn’t support Floyd, but they appreciated his sportsmanship when he congratulated Conor at the end.

    The question now is, will McGregor go back to the UFC to earn smaller money or will he try and stay in boxing for a possibly a few more lucrative paydays?

    Tonight we saw a 40-year-old master of the sport teach a master of a different sport why he is TBE.

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    The Crowd Says (25)

    • Roar Guru

      August 27th 2017 @ 2:57pm
      Isaac Nowroozi said | August 27th 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

      Anyone expecting anything different? Only reason he lasted as long as he did is because Mayweather let him.

      • Roar Guru

        August 27th 2017 @ 3:16pm
        Rellum said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

        They can both claimed they came out a winner. It is like it was scripted or something.

      • August 27th 2017 @ 3:16pm
        LuckyEddie said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

        It only lasted 10 rounds because that was in the contract, make the mugs feel a bit better after being ripped off. Sport is eventually going to collapse in a hole, like a ponzi scheme, with this constant sucking money out of the workers.

    • August 27th 2017 @ 3:04pm
      Mike Julz said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

      I told you so. This was a mismatch the moment they announced it. McGregor as expected went harder in the early rounds and thats about it. Mayweather knocked his ass back to ufc. McGregor will still be smiling tho with the money hes gonna get. 50-0, legend.

    • August 27th 2017 @ 3:05pm
      Craig said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

      A fair joke really, Mayweather toyed with him for 8 rounds.

      In what sport could a 40 year old compete with a professional at the peak of their powers? Lawn bowls?

      • August 27th 2017 @ 3:17pm
        Gavin R said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

        When two athletes from different sports come together? The fans bought into it enough for it to be the biggest combat sport event ever. It is what it is

      • Roar Guru

        August 27th 2017 @ 3:47pm
        BigJ said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

        Darts, pool, wwe, ufc

        • August 28th 2017 @ 9:54am
          Tom m said | August 28th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

          WWE is not sport…. The result Is scripted

          • Roar Guru

            August 29th 2017 @ 4:48pm
            BigJ said | August 29th 2017 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

            No really i thought i was living under a rock for twenty years

      • Roar Guru

        August 28th 2017 @ 4:14pm
        delbeato said | August 28th 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

        Lots of sports. It just takes a little helping hand to turn the clock back..

    • August 27th 2017 @ 3:38pm
      Pedro the Maroon said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

      Federer showed at the Australian Open and Wimbledon that an old Champion past his prime can summon up sufficient mental strength to first outlast someone younger by a few years, much stronger and much fitter and then second to produce a sublime display of grasscourt prowess to humiliate someone 10+ years younger, faster and fitter.
      This “boxing” exhibition was nothing like Wimbledon 2017.

      • August 27th 2017 @ 4:12pm
        Craig said | August 27th 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

        Federer isn’t 40 nor has he been retired for 2 years.

    • August 27th 2017 @ 3:41pm
      me too said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

      no way mcgregor stays in boxing – he wouldn’t get near the top twenty or even fifty. He earns a fortune, thanks his lucky stars, and goes back to a sport he is supreme at.

      • August 27th 2017 @ 4:58pm
        rnid said | August 27th 2017 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

        He’s a showman and made the promoters a lot of money. I guess his next step will be Hollywood or politics – which is practically the same.

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

        So much this me too. Mayweather is a defensive and tactical boxer,who’s been retired for two years and still McGregor was really lucky he didn’t get seriously hurt. The winner for me was the ref.

        • August 27th 2017 @ 7:55pm
          Tom said | August 27th 2017 @ 7:55pm | ! Report

          A man at 40,2 years retired and below his best against a young upstart who knew what he was up for but couldn’t last the distance. The bigger your mouth the harder you fall. 30 million makes up for loss of face. I think McGegor should retire. Why go back to UFC to earn peanuts? As a boxer he would only be a journeyman. If he decides to stay in UFC his opponents will respect him less. All talk no action.

      • August 28th 2017 @ 10:05am
        no one in particular said | August 28th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        He will go where the largest paycheque is

    • August 27th 2017 @ 3:53pm
      Peter said | August 27th 2017 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

      If you the best ever would be in such a close fight after 10 rounds it just shows how poor a sport boxing is. Conor was wobbly from fatigue if you watch the slow mo replay mayweather was missing 2 out of three punches. Conor just proved boxing is a joke and his conditioning is very poor. The only loser tonight was boxing

      • August 29th 2017 @ 12:03am
        Doody said | August 29th 2017 @ 12:03am | ! Report

        Connor was a suitcase, that is, Mayweather carried him the entire fight.

        The fight was never ‘close’, and, WTF is wobbly from fatigue even supposed to mean?

        Oh, excuse me I am so tired I can’t even defend myself anymore and am about to be knocked senseless as a result.

        All that was proved is Connor was delusional and MMA fans have absolutely no concept of fighting, let alone boxing.

        Not surprising, since most fans have never been in a ring of any shape…lol

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