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Conor McGregor was all business. In the first three rounds when he was at his best Conor lacked to power to knock out Mayweather. As he tired it went all downhill from there

 

Conor McGregor was all smiles following the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and again repeated that it was an early stoppage - (Andrius Petrucenia photo)

 

Should Rocky Marciano's spectacular unbeaten boxing record of 49-0 was eclipsed by a basically exhibition match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

 

 

SPORTS NOTES EXTRA - MAYWEATHER defeats McGREGOR in a REAL FIGHT

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The bottom line is the fight turned out to be better than expected. It failed to be the upset that many had hoped for in a McGregor KO of the 40-year-old undefeated champion - The event never turned into the carnival like boxer fighting the dancing bear outcome that many expected it to be

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

MONEY'S WORTH?

When it was all said and done Floyd Mayweather did what we expected in waiting for Conor McGregor to tire himself out after his having trained for 25 minute fights throughout his mixed martial arts career. The mouth that roared did a commendable job in his first pro boxing effort but lacked the experience and stamina that could achieve a victory.

The magic number is 25 = 5 five minute UFC rounds and that is exactly when the air came out of McGregor's tires. In a post fight interview Mayweather confirmed that was his tactic when questioned in the ring by reporter Jim Gray.

Again this was another Mayweather love-fest that we have grown to hate as the two complimented each other on how great they are. It must be a requirement for a reporter to get the job to do the post fight interview or commentator for a Mayweather fight.

The bottom line is the fight turned out to be better than expected. It failed to be the upset that many had hoped for in a McGregor KO of the 40-year-old undefeated champion.

In the first three rounds when he was at his best Conor lacked to power to knock out Mayweather. As he tired it went all downhill from there but to his credit he never backed down and came to fight, he truly was in it to win it. The event never turned into the carnival like boxer fighting the dancing bear outcome that many expected.

Mayweather wasn't afraid of McGregor's much touted powerful left hand as he kept coming forward and abandoned his running backwards tactic that he employed in previous fights.

In the sixth round McGregor started to show his fatigue. By the 8th round he appeared to be too pooped to pop. He appeared so tired that if Mayweather stood in front of him with his jaw stuck out and his hands behind his back defying that McGregor would have enough power to knock him down and most certainly not out. The Irishman was punched out from his stellar effort over the first three rounds that he was simply too spent.

In the 10th round the referee stopped the fight for a TKO. McGregor complained that it was too early to call a stoppage but in reality it was the right decision since he was simply holding and hanging on taking punches while not being aggressive and was extremely worn out.

The win enabled the money man to earn a reported $100 million payday with more to come following the PPV (Pay Per View) receipts.

One thing is certain; given that this is Matyweather's 50th win he technically set the record for undefeated boxing wins surpassing boxing great Rocky Marciano. The problem is he failed to do it against an experienced professional boxer. This should not go towards that record and should be recognized as an EXHIBITION MATCH. Mayweather made his money and that's what it was all about, NOT a fight FOR A TITLE.

McGregor is believed to have earned $30 million for his losing effort and some of the PPV tally. It was money well earned as he performed better than most expected. Comments were that this was a much better fight than the Mayweather Pacquiao fight is justified.

In post fight interviews both fighters were polite and complimentary to each other. That should be expected since in their pre fight promotional tour they talked and verbally abused each other in a show biz manner that earned them the biggest paydays of their careers. Some believe that it will be the largest boxing money earner in sports history.

The Irishman was all smiles following the fight and again repeated that it was an early stoppage. He was full of energy and repeatedly noted that he was fatigued which supports our pervious column pre fight analysis that he would tire.

McGregor says he will return to the UFC and Mayweather says it's over fro him. Apparently he heard the fat lady sing.

A rematch has been talked about. This result was better than expected but not worthy of a rematch.

McGregor is in a dilemma. Since making so much money it would hard for him to fight for much less and there are no challengers worthy of attracting a big PPV audience worth his while.

Following the fight Money Mayweather appeared on television in a post fight interview and boasted about a massive PPV payoff. He was questioned about how he knew such information and the Money Man replied that he received it in his dressing room. The hope was it would surpass the 4.6 million buys fir his fight with Pacquiao.

The comparisons were to the tally from his fight with Manny Pacquiao. What was reported is the gate receipts for the McGregor fight took in $55,414,865.79 which was less than the Pacquiao receipts of $72,198,500.

Comparisons for tickets sold were disappointing by being short of capacity for the 20,500 seat T-Mobil Area in selling only 13,094 tickets.

The result is that McGregor had his biggest payday reported to be $30 million. His dilemma is who is worthy of fighting next to make that kind if money. The only fight that makes sense for him is a third fight with Nate Diaz who beat the shit out of him and hit him harder than Mayweather that resulted in knocking him down and bloodying his face.

The Fat Lady sang and it's over so we can now return to going on with our lives. AGREE OR NOT?


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