Mayweather-McGregor was the most hyped fight of all time. A world tour. Verbal sparring. Instagram jabs. And the truth is, nothing ever lives up to the hype…. ever… but this did.
Hell, I might even say it exceeded it. Was it the greatest fight ever? No. Was it the complete joke most people thought it would be? Not even close. Conor showed up well as a boxer in the first few rounds and as a warrior throughout. He has nothing to be embarrassed about and proved yet again that he is tough as hell.
Mayweather-McGregor was better than Mayweather-Pacquiao. Fact. Not only that, but McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao did. There could be any number of reasons for that, but the truth is, this fight was more entertaining than that Fight of the Century that took nearly a century to get made.
If you dropped 100 bucks on that fight, you were buying it for the event and it more than delivered. Totally worth it. You should’ve gone in expecting an event, and you got an event. Like many of you, I dropped $100 bones on that fight. And I know I got my money’s worth.
And even if you’ve been living under a rock, you still know that Floyd Mayweather stopped Conor McGregor in the 10th round. But don’t for a second think that Conor lost that fight. He won. And not just because he’s walking with something in the neighborhood of 100 mill. Coming out of the fight, it’s all about Conor, not Floyd.
Sure, Money is walking away with a boatload of money, but the story is Conor and the fact that he showed up so much better than anyone could have expected and it sure looked like he was better than Floyd expected in the first three rounds. He looked very confident and comfortable for someone who’d never been in a professional boxing match before and was now in against a Hall of Famer.
Sure, there was the weirdness with the hammerfists, but there were no elbows, no kicks, and there were plenty of solid punches. Trust me, Conor may have lost the fight, but he won the night, and he came out of this looking way better than he did going into it.
Once Floyd got out of the first three rounds, the result was never in doubt. Conor put everything he had into the first few rounds, knowing that was his chance to get Floyd out. Hit him with the good bleep early, when he’s not used to your style and maybe you catch him off guard and can end it quickly.
When that didn’t happen, it was only a matter of time before the unbeaten boxer beat the inexperienced boxer. Sure, Floyd started slowly; and it took him longer to figure Conor out than most of the guys he’s been in with. But it was only a matter of time before he did. Especially when Conor started to gas… and then the only question was how long he could last. The fact that he lasted into the 10th round against the best fighter of his generation says something. It says a lot.
And in the process, he got Floyd to open up and throw punches that we haven’t seen from Mayweather in years. So yeah, it was worth it. It was so totally worth it, for the fighters and the fans. And when was the last time you could say that about a Mayweather fight?
And as good as the fight was, Conor was even better after it when he was asked about the stoppage: “I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back, so I don’t know. I would have liked him to just let it go. F**k it. I got in here in the squared circle, everything was different, it was a lot more fun.”
“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back” is pretty much the most badass thing you’ll ever hear in a post-fight interview. And if that wasn’t, what came later was: “That’s exactly what it is, is fatigue. That’s why I thought the ref could have just let it keep going, let me go down. Let the man put me down.”
As in let me have the chance to be knocked out. Give me the warrior’s finish to the fight. And he said it more than once.
“I get a little wobbly and flowy. But f**k, get me into the corner and I’ll recover and I’ll come back. And I’d like it to hit the floor.”
When was the last time you heard a fighter say “I’d like to hit the floor”?
I’ll tell you – never. That never happens. When fighter’s complain that the stoppage was too early, they’re usually already out on their feet and trying to argue that they could’ve won. But in his case, he was saying, give me a chance to win it or to get knocked out. Don’t end it like this.
That’s some old-school gladiator, warrior-code type bleep and it was awesome. Just like the rest of the fight. And if you had a problem with that, you’ve got a problem with yourself.