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Mayweather-McGregor: Combat Sports Return To Normalcy

Conor McGregor lands an uppercut on Floyd Mayweather during "The Money Fight" on Saturday, August 26. McGregor lost the fight via TKO when Robert Byrd stepped in due to McGregor not adequately protecting himself. Photo Credit: Isaac Brekken/AP Photo
Mayweather-McGregor: Combat Sports Return To Normalcy

After nearly a year-and-a-half of non-stop hype and build-up, Mayweather-McGregor has come and gone.

Conor McGregor lost via TKO in the tenth round to Floyd “Money” Mayweather in “The Money Fight,” a highly-anticipated boxing match on Saturday, August 26.

McGregor acquitted himself extremely well, winning the first few rounds in many spectators’ eyes.  Floyd Mayweather, however, proved to be the superior tactician, waiting the Irishman out and weathering the barrage of punches both conventional and rabbit, for the first five rounds.  The moment that seemed to stun the millions watching was an uppercut that sent Mayweather’s head jerking back, due to many boxing pundits predicting McGregor being unable to land a shot on the elusive Mayweather.

According to many on social media, McGregor won the first four rounds, and possibly stole the eighth round with his second wind, as McGregor came out from the opening bell firing.  He fired one last salvo of power punches, but Mayweather was able to evade most of the blows.

McGregor stumbled out for the ninth round, where Mayweather started countering with power punches not seen since his knockout of Victor Ortiz.  With Conor barely able to make it to the tenth round.

The tenth round began, where many fans both on Twitter and in-person, thought all McGregor had to do was empty the tank and make it to the twelfth.  If he could make it to the end of the twelfth round, many thought he would have a chance on the scorecards.  The Irishman’s conditioning failed him, however. Mayweather wobbled the Irishman considerably midway through the round with punch after punch, forcing referee Robert Byrd to step in and call the fight due to McGregor not adequately defending himself, to McGregor’s objections.

After the fight, both fighters were quite jovial, shaking hands and embracing as they discussed the fight in a post-fight press conference set in the very ring the pair of pugilists faced off in hours earlier.  McGregor plugged his nesw “Notorious Irish Whiskey” which he claimed would be coming soon.  While Floyd lauded his efforts while wearing a hat that read “TBE” standing for “The Best Ever,” a reference to his victory over McGregor breaking Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record that stood for sixty-two years before Mayweather came along.

So, what happens now that Mayweather-McGregor is in the books?

Mayweather-McGregor will be remembered, not only for Floyd’s fiftieth win, but also for the fact that an MMA fighter, making his professional boxing debut, stepped in the ring with the greatest boxer of all time and gave him ten rounds when no pundit gave him a shot to go that deep into the fight.  He landed 111 punches, when Manny Pacquiao, long considered the only boxer not named Gennady Golovkin to be able to beat Floyd Mayweather, landed just 81 in two more rounds than McGregor.

But, as the arguments fade and the hot takes cool down, combat sports returns to a sense of normalcy, there’s UFC Rotterdam coming up this weekend, Conor will take some well-earned time off while the UFC sorts out who he will face next.  Although many signs point to a McGregor-Nate Diaz trilogy bout, the UFC could also pen McGregor to face the winner of the upcoming interim lightweight title fight between Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson.

As for Floyd, he claims this was his last fight, that he will never box again, but as we’ve seen in the past in combat sports…

…never say never.

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