Professional welterweight, Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor was something people had been anticipating all year. It was really hyped up, getting a lot of attention from both the boxing and MMA worlds. Mayweather even came out of retirement for the fight to beef up his astounding record of 49 wins and zero losses to an even 50 wins.
McGregor seemed to have the upper hand, being 12 years younger, one inch taller, and having a reach of 74” vs Mayweather’s 72”. Statistically McGregor had the upper hand. He had the confidence of a champion to boot, screaming in Floyd’s face at the weigh ins, and trash talking to the media. Despite all of that, coming into the fight, Conor had no previous boxing experience. He trained months prior to the fight, but no one could predict what would happen in the ring. After doing Martial Arts for a living and using your hands and feet, could you really switch to just punches? You’d be fighting natural instinct. Besides, Mayweather’s 49-0 record wasn’t luck. He has a strategy when he fights, and he sticks to it.
That is exactly what he did the night of the fight, August 26th. Floyd Mayweather is smart when it comes to knowing when to attack. Just like he demonstrated in the Pacquiao fight, he stuck to his defense until the later rounds, wearing McGregor out. Conor wasted his energy hitting the gloves instead of making contact, which really took it’s toll. In the 10th round, Mayweather awarded TKO, and McGregor was down for the count.
Even though Conor lost, he still received a ridiculous pay-day, earning $30 million, which is 10 times more than his highest paid MMA fight, at $3 million. For Floyd, it really was one of the best fights of his career. Earning $100 million and preserving his perfect fighting record was a smooth way to transition into retirement.
With his money, his 12 world championships, perfect record, and his spot in the Vegas Sports Hall of Fame, Floyd Mayweather seems to have it all. It will be interesting to see if any predecessor will reach his level of notoriety and skill. Throughout his career he was able to bring life to a sport that was arguably dying. His time in boxing was well lived and we’re all watching to see where he goes next.
– Lily Lowndes