Opinion | Aug 27 2017

Mayweather-McGregor – The verdict

The verdict from ringside on the Mayweather-McGregor contest
Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor
Mayweather punishes McGregor Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

FLOYD MAYWEATHER knew a long, long time ago that he would defeat Conor McGregor and tonight, at the T-Mobile Arena, he was proved right. The contest was better than many expected but only Mayweather will know for sure why it lasted until the 10th round when referee Robert Byrd rescued the exhausted debutant.

Perhaps it took him that long to figure out McGregor who, moments after the opening bell, resembled the novice that he is as he went straight at his opponent square on. But the Irishman deserves immense credit for his fighting spirit, for surpassing almost all expectation – and landing several shots on the American – a left upercut in particular was impressive.

Mayweather walked through plenty of shots with a smile on his face. At times he winked to the crowd. Even though he was losing the fight after three rounds, there was never a hint of concern in the American.