I never had my money on McGregor, except for his ability to trash talk better than Floyd Mayweather. I have seen Mayweather put on a show every time he’s in the ring. He has always been a winner and this clearly gives most of us more than a hint that there’s something about him. McGregor vs. Mayweather show was just as anticipated. Mayweather is the man who has learned enough from his 49-win streak to put down McGregor. His composure was also well seen during the 10-round match.
About the match, it was one good show that the two had put up. It started off just as expected. McGregor attacked Mayweather ferociously; showing off his power and speed. But Mayweather was in an utterly defensive mode. There were people, including McGregor, who hardly knew anything about Mayweather’s plan, which the victorious man revealed at the end of the show.
“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said. “He used different angles. … Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot all his heavy shots early, then take him down during the stretch.”
Meanwhile, the every-cocky McGregor had this to say:
“He’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but he’s composed,” McGregor said. “I thought it was close, though!”.
During the first few rounds, Mayweather took the backseat; ducking, weaving and jumping back. He looked oddly flat-footed and it started to look like that McGregor had a chance. But Mayweather is the most elusive boxer that I have ever seen. He knows how to put up a spectacle and he just did that in his last match.
But note that this was McGregor’s first-ever boxing match and it was one heck of a performance. He ended up hitting Mayweather more than what the champ is used to.
The newbie was prepared and composed. However, he kept throwing punches on the back of Mayweather’s head; something that’s legal in MMA and but a big NO in boxing. McGregor’s move to keep his right hand in front of the Mayweather’s face surely irritated him a bit, but it wasn’t enough for Mayweather to lose his mind.
By the start of 5th Round, McGregor looked frustrated; trying to find his way through Mayweather’s strong defense.
But by the end of round 5, Mayweather abandoned his defensive mode; took control of the game and start splashing McGregor with counters and combos. It was crafty AF! He continued slashing McGregor with jabs and vicious hooks. Then in the round 9, McGregor again tried to turn the tables by throwing a lethal body shot which looked painful; however, it wasn’t good enough for Mayweather who instead flurried back with a right jab that struck straight to McGregor’s left cheek. Blown!
Everyone knew that it was all over; the 10th round wouldn’t last long as Mayweather threw tree heavy hooks to the head; the referee called in.
As per the news, Mayweather made guaranteed 100 million and will also make an expected $200 million after his cut of pay-per-view. McGregor made $30 million and will have around $100 million in purse after his piece of pay-per-view.