Fifty and out as Mayweather stops brave McGregor

Source:AFP Published: 2017/8/27 23:18:39

‘Perfect’ boxer rules out another comeback


Conor McGregor (right) moves in with a hit against Floyd Mayweather Jr in the first round of their super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: IC

Floyd Mayweather Jr outclassed Conor McGregor to win their money-­spinning superfight by technical knockout in Las Vegas on Saturday, securing his place in boxing history to head into retirement with a record 50th straight ­victory.

Former welterweight boxing champion Mayweather, who had come out of a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onward at the T-Mobile Arena.

The end came in the 10th round with a tired McGregor doubled over on the ropes as Mayweather landed two hard left hooks, prompting referee Robert Byrd to intervene as a 14,623 crowd with A-list celebrities roared their approval.

"He's a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight," a jubilant Mayweather said. 

Mayweather led comfortably on all three judges' cards when the fight was stopped.

The American said he had deliberately taken his time early on in order to take advantage of a fatigued McGregor.

McGregor meanwhile suggested the fight could have been allowed to go on, but praised Mayweather's clinical tactical display.

"I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots," McGregor said.

"I have to give it to him, that's what 50 pro fights will do for you."

It was an explosive finale to their much-hyped contest which proved surprisingly competitive in the early rounds as McGregor managed to land a string of scoring punches.

But once Mayweather began to find his range and McGregor wearied rapidly, there was only going to be one winner.

The 40-year-old American scored at will after the early rounds, snapping back McGregor's head with a series of stinging blows.

McGregor, 29, somehow survived an onslaught in the seventh round when a right counter from Mayweather staggered him badly.

Finally McGregor's resistance broke in the 10th when a Mayweather right sent him lurching across the ring.

A hard left put him on the ropes and another hook saw him bent over and helpless, prompting the stoppage.

The fight had followed a largely expected script but McGregor, in his first-ever boxing appearance, by no means embarrassed himself.

Mayweather will now head into what he says is a permanent retirement with a perfect 50-0 record, one better than heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.

He rejected suggestions that his 50th win, against a novice boxer, would be destined to have an asterisk against it.

"A win is a win, no matter how you get it," Mayweather said.

"This was my last fight tonight. For sure. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with."

Mayweather is also expected to be around $200 million wealthier, taking his career earnings to around $1 billion.

McGregor, who was an unemployed former plumber four years ago before emerging as one of the biggest stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is expected to earn around $100 million.

If pay-per-view television targets are met, the fight could become the most lucrative in history.



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