LAS VEGAS, NV—It was touted as the fight of the century, but let’s be honest, it was not the greatest fight of all-time, but it was more entertaining than Floyd Mayweather’s bout with Manny Pacquiao. If you were anybody who was anybody, all you heard Friday and Saturday was the big fight transpiring in Las Vegas, and if you were a celebrity able to get free tickets (there were quite a few who did), or if you were willing to cough up a pretty penny with the hopes of getting a front row seat you were at the event.
Such celebs at the event included Steve Harvey, P. Diddy, LeBron James, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Don Cheadle, Demi Lovato, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Chance the Rapper and Jamie Foxx to name a few. The biggest talk of town was the delay of the fight by a little over 3 hours, due to outages from an overload of PPV customers.
I mean you cannot tout something as one of the biggest fights of all time and not properly prepare for such issues like this. I mean it’s an absolute flub in my opinion on Showtime, cable providers and the organizers for the big fight. I mean Las Vegas may not have minded a 3-hour delay considering the fight officially kicked off a 9 p.m. PST, but for those living on the East Coast it was an utter nightmare.
Shortly after midnight EST, the fight kicked off. Mayweather entered the ring drenched in gold and a face mask, while McGregor made his trip to the ring draped in the Irish Flag. The fight was much more of battle than many expected, because McGregor came out swinging and it was fun as hell to watch. Those who are familiar with the sport of boxing understand it’s a technical sport; you have to gauge and be aware what your opponent is planning so you can accurately strike.
McGregor without a doubt took the first three rounds of the fight, getting multiple jabs and hits at Mayweather, who couldn’t help, but smile. I don’t think he was smiling to much when those hits struck his body. However, round 4 started to shift the momentum from McGregor’s favor to Mayweather, as he started to make moves; I think it became apparent to Floyd that if he didn’t start landing some punches he might lose this fight by default.
I mean McGregor, while not a trained boxer at the caliber of Floyd showed plenty of confidence and set the pace for what was indeed an entertaining fight. I was certain Floyd would win, but McGregor’s fury proved to be something not to mess around with. It was indeed apparent Conor forgot he was not in the MMA ring, when he landed a few punches atop Floyd’s head that is not allowed in the boxing ring. Once Mayweather got the momentum moving, it remained consistent through rounds five and six as well.
So there was plenty of back and forth between both opponents, and that always makes for an interesting fight especially in the sport of boxing. However, it became apparent in the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds that McGregor was losing his steam. That is the thing about boxing it’s a marathon not a sprint; you can’t use all your energy in the first few rounds. If you do, it leaves you gassed out, just when your opponent is ready to deliver those punches that could inevitably lead to a knockout.
And that’s precisely what led to McGregor’s fall to the undefeated Mayweather. It was apparent come the tenth round that Mayweather was ready to do what he does best; take out his opponent with a flurry of punches. Conor was wobbly as he pounded around the ring, and Floyd took advantage of his opponent’s lack of energy, which forced the referee to stop the fight in favor of Floyd Mayweather. The boxing champ celebrated, as many expected and Conor took his defeat like a man.
I mean let’s be honest, all that trash talking that both did in the weeks leading up to the big fight was all for publicity. However, I loved the respect that they showed for one another. I mean at the end of the day, this boxing match was all about MONEY, and while Mayweather took home about a 100 million or 200 million more than McGregor, Conor walked away with a pretty penny as well. So it’s a win-win for all. Both boxers made money, one remained undefeated and the other proved that while a MMA fight, he is still able to go toe-to-toe with one of the best in the sport.