Mayweather v McGregor: Money Man triumphant after ten rounds
It likely took longer than many expected but Floyd Mayweather emerged victorious over Conor McGregor after ten rounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Adam Baylis looks back at the action...
"McGregor emerges from his latest career move with great credit, regardless of whether it was Mayweather's wider plan to wear him down, the records will show that he hung with one of the best of all time for no less than ten rounds."
The biggest fight ever on the Betfair Exchange
With over £59 million matched on the Betfair Exchange, the 'biggest fight in combat sports history' more than lived up to expectations in a ten round thriller that would've given even the most ardent of Mayweather backers a few frights in the opening rounds.
As many predicted, Conor McGregor exploded out of the gates gaining the upper hand in the early exchanges and comfortably winning the first two rounds with a stellar uppercut the highlight. Going into round three Mayweather drifted out as far as [1.49] having started the fight at [1.29] while the Irishman was matched at a low of [3.3].
However following the end of the fourth, the fatigue that has troubled McGregor in the past came back to haunt him and it became clear that Mayweather's plan to play on this was coming to fruition. From this point 80% of all bets were for Mayweather vs a split of 50% Mayweather / 32% McGregor / 18% the Draw prior to the fifth.
Through rounds five to eight, McGregor's unorthodox movement allowed him to land a few punches but as he dropped his hands, puffed his chest out and smiled at the end of the sixth, it seemed as though he knew he'd gone as far as he could. Floyd controlled the seventh and eight, evading the Irishman's attempts that lacked any real power and countering with his own uppercut to take the bout into round nine.
From here the writing was on the wall, Conor had never fought this long in a professional contest and there was much talk of him gaining a second wind but this didn't really come to effect. The Irishman made it into round ten but he was clearly out on his feet and after Mayweather rocked him with a right hand, referee Richard Byrd intervened to stop the fight.
As the Money Man took to the turnbuckle to revel in his now 50-0 undefeated record, McGregor was insistant that he could've gone longer but it was clear to those watching that the referee's decision was a wise one.
Will it be the ring or the Octagon next for McGregor?
So after months of trash talking and a fight that more than lived up to the hype, what next for these two? Floyd maintains that this was indeed his final outing in the ring however if you do fancy the two to meet again, Mayweather can be backed at 1/20 on the Betfair Sportsbook for a second victory.
McGregor emerges from his latest career move with great credit, regardless of whether it was Mayweather's wider plan to wear him down, the records will show that he hung with one of the best of all time for no less than ten rounds.
Speculation is rife as to whether he'll continue his journey into the world of boxing with a fight against former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi not beyond the realms of possibility while UFC fans will no doubt be eager to see 'the Notorious One' back in the Octagon sooner rather than later.