Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s bout on Saturday night was the most anticipated boxing match in decades. The pay-per-view rate of $99 accurately demonstrated the overwhelming excitement for this fight. The recently dubbed “money fight” took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC’s McGregor entered the fight as one of the biggest underdogs in the history of professional sports. He was about to compete in his first ever boxing match, while his opponent had a career record of 49-0. With Mayweather firmly cemented among boxing’s all-time greats, it would have taken a miracle for McGregor to pull off the upset. Most fans merely wanted an entertaining fight.
In that regard, this fight more than delivered the entertainment. McGregor started by dominating the fight, stunning Mayweather early with heavy rights and jabs. Floyd may have realized at this point that he underestimated McGregor. At the same time, McGregor may have tired himself out with his fast and furious approach through the first three rounds.
Midway through the ten-round fight, McGregor’s legs began to morph into jello. He was tired and weak and the boxing vet sensed that he had an opening. As the bout hit double digits, Floyd went on the offensive, attacking McGregor constantly. Mayweather’s assault was enough for the referee to stop the fight, preserving his unblemished record in the sport.
Mayweather’s TKO in the tenth round was enough to help McGregor’s legend grow. Most boxing experts expected a quicker fight with little resistance from the UFC’s biggest star. Instead, McGregor landed 111 punches against Mayweather – the over/under in Vegas was 29.5. While Mayweather showed to be king of the sport, McGregor did prove that he was a worthy opponent.
With the media circus that surrounded this fight for the past few months, pay-per-view buys were expected to break records. But with the massive traffic, Showtime had trouble keeping up with the demand. Millions of viewers reported issues with their streams, including grainy video and constant buffering. The aftermath of the issues has resulted in a lawsuit against Showtime.
For the fight, McGregor will receive a $30 million payout, while Mayweather earned $100 million. The two fighters have the chance to earn even more after official pay-per-view numbers are released. The bout is expected to gross more than $80 million – a new record. Both fighters will leave wealthy men, while most viewers left satisfied with the product they watched.
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