Floyd “Money” Mayweather defeated his opponent Conor McGregor in the 10th Round by TKO in the early hours of Sunday morning in Las Vegas.
Probably the most talked about fight in history and labelled as “the money fight”, it certainly didn’t disappoint for the spectators that were there and the viewers watching on Television.
McGregor came out swinging from the onset, with some good combinations to eventually win the first round. This continued in the second and third rounds, in which he beautifully hit Mayweather with a powerful uppercut and right punch. The Irishman confidently dominated the first three rounds.
The wheels started coming off in the fourth round for McGregor. This is where Mayweather had to force things and he came out with more intent to fight and in the fourth round. The latter had to dig deep to try and unsettle his opponent, but McGregor remained resolute.
By the fifth round, signs of fatigue began to show from McGregor, but Mayweather did not immediatedly capitalise on that. It seemed that he was toying around with McGregor.
That continued in both rounds six, seven, eight and nine until McGregor had no energy left in him. In the 10th round, he went on to finally show who was the man in the ring, hitting him with so many punches as he showed signs that he was finished. The referee had no objection to stop the fight by winning in the 10th round by TKO.
Looking at the total punches Landed/Thrown until the 10th round, Mayweather had a total percentage of 170/320 giving him a percentage of 53%. For McGregor, he had a total of 111/430 giving him a percentage of 26%.
For Jabs Landed/Thrown, Mayweather had a total of 18/59 giving him a percentage of 31% while McGregor had 27/98 giving him a percentage of 28%.
And lastly, in the Power Punches, Mayweather had a total of 152/261 giving him percentage of 58% while for McGregor, he had 84/332 giving him a percentage of 25%.
With this report, this clearly showed why Mayweather is the best fighter of all time. On the money side, Mayweather’s estimated earning was R3.013 Billion and McGregor had an estimated earning of R917 Million.
For McGregor, there is nothing to be ashamed of in losing to prolific boxer as Mayweather. In the UFC, they fight until 5 rounds, thus 12 rounds in a boxing ring was always going to be a tough ask for him. Most did not even think he will last 3 rounds, but he proved his doubters wrong by reaching the 10th round.
It became easily discernible that Mayweather’s game plan was to let McGregor box until he showed signs of fatigue, and then capitalise on that, and he got that absolutely spot on.
For the Irish, there is so much he can take out from this fight especially fighting against one of the best – if not the best in the world.
Clearly, the winner won the money and that is Mayweather. It’s 50-0 equalling the record set by the famous mythical Rocky Marciano who notched 43 TKO during his time. Mayweather ended up by saying in the end:” This is his last fight in the ring,” said the 40-year-old Mayweather.
Author: Takalani Lufhugu