LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather made good on his promise to not go the distance by walking down boxing novice Conor McGregor in route to a 10th round TKO.
Mayweather allowed McGregor to take the lead over the first three rounds. The MMA star flashed a decent jab and even caught an advancing Mayweather with a counter uppercut in the opening stanza. But any hope McGregor’s fans had of a monumental upset began evaporating in the fourth as Mayweather became aggressive and unleashed hooks to the body. McGregor was noticeably uncomfortable with the pressure and resorted with grappling and hammer fist rabbit punches.
McGregor tried to anticipate Mayweather’s offense by watching his hands, but that simply lead to Mayweather using feints to set up lead rights. By the middle rounds, McGregor’s labored breathing told the story of the constant pressure and fighting for the first time beyond five rounds. When McGregor attempted to hold, Mayweather now dug his forearm into his opponent’s throat to put him in range for more right hands.
After nearly being stopped in the ninth, McGregor was on his last legs and unable to defend himself. Mayweather pounced early in the 10th and forced the referee stoppage as the fatigue and punch accuracy left McGregor languishing on the ropes.
Mayweather, who vowed this would be his last fight, leaves the ring undefeated at 50-0.
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