Floyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor with a 10th-round stoppage here Saturday to win their money-spinning superfight and clinch his 50th straight victory.
Former welterweight boxing champion Mayweather, who had emerged from a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, took his time to get going before dominating from the fourth round.
Everyone has had their say on the fight, particularly the MMA community so here’s a selection of what they had to say.
— Jose Aldo Junior (@josealdojunior) August 27, 2017
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) August 27, 2017
Who said mma fighters can’t box? Hats off to both warriors for the entertaining fight!! 💯✌🏽
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 27, 2017
Trained our hardest and gave it our best shot. Came up short this time but we’ll be back. Win or Learn 🥊
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) August 27, 2017
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 27, 2017
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 27, 2017
In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
— Gokhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) August 27, 2017
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) August 27, 2017
Floyd Mayweather won for the 50th time in his decorated career when the fantasy fight with Conor McGregor proved a mismatch and he stopped the Irishman in 10 rounds in Las Vegas.
The American has long vowed this would be his final fight, but even at the age of 40 and after almost two years of inactivity he showed few signs of decline in outclassing McGregor, who at the T-Mobile Arena was making his professional debut.
As had always appeared almost certain to be the case when interest in a match-up between the highest-profile figures from boxing and the UFC began building over a year ago, McGregor simply proved levels below perhaps the finest fighter of the modern era.
He remained game and began with confidence, but as with Mayweather’s opponents in his other 49 fights, swiftly learnt his skills were hugely inadequate as he became the first fighter to be stopped by him since Victor Ortiz in 2011.
Amir Khan fears “boxing will be over” if Conor McGregor defeats Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The welterweight differs from the many who consider the crossover match-up bad for the sport, believing it has given it a timely boost, and has also predicted Mayweather will “walk through” his opponent.
Khan is, however, wary of the wider consequences should McGregor secure what would be the unlikeliest of wins on his professional boxing debut against the fighter widely regarded as the finest of the modern era.
His concern is that so may of boxing’s followers will thereafter be seduced by MMA, and that McGregor’s and the UFC’s present popularity also serves as “a warning” to the sport he has dedicated his life to.
“If McGregor wins, boxing is over,” the 30-year-old said. “Disaster, big time.
“It should be a warning to boxing. There are a lot of titles out there.
“It gives more people an opportunity for a title. (But in) UFC there is only one champion which makes it harder for them. The way boxing is going is fine. (But) it is a warning that you must step your game up.
“I can’t see (McGregor) winning though. To have this fight will take whichever sport to a different level.
“It is going to be a good fight for the first couple of rounds but I see Mayweather getting a stoppage. This could be Mayweather’s chance to finish his career on a high against a big name.
“He’s fighting a guy who hasn’t had a fight: people are forgetting that. They know his MMA career is good. It will be exciting for a couple of rounds then Mayweather will walk through him.
“It’s a good fight, it’s a money fight. It’s going to make a lot of money and boxing is a business.”
The likelihood remains that Saturday’s fight will prove so uncompetitive in Mayweather’s favour that interest in other potential crossover match-ups will cease. Khan’s own long-term pursuit of a fight with the American ended in frustration, but he is positive about McGregor facing him instead.
“It’s good for boxing,” he said. “Boxing needs this. The pay-per-view numbers have been s*** recently. Boxing needs a fight like this to get boxing back up again.
“The winner of this will give the fans an idea of which sport to follow and which sport is better. If Mayweather wins then boxing goes on a high, if McGregor wins then people will follow MMA.
“If (McGregor) wins it’s different. It moves the goalposts. You’d take (a fight against him) because it’s a big name. To do a fight like that in the UK would be massive; I’d even go to Ireland and fight him there.
“You might beat him in the ring but walking out of the ring might be a bit of an issue. Let’s see how he does.
“People are thinking too far ahead. I was speaking to (McGregor’s former sparring partner) Paulie Malignaggi and he said he is really bad at boxing but he does throw some good shots in MMA. Some people only do well when they have that adrenaline rush.”