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On this day one year ago Floyd Mayweather fought his last fight

'I won’t be back again,' Floyd Mayweather said after beating MMA star Conor McGregor who was making his pro boxing debut. Matt Christie witnessed the event
Conor McGregor
Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor  |  Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports/Action Images

IN the end it all went smoothly. Floyd Mayweather outclassed an exceptionally brave Conor McGregor while volleying him to defeat in round 10, the fans inside the T-Mobile Arena enjoyed it and boxing survived. But, and there was always going to be a ‘but’ when Mayweather went 50-0 against a debutant, this never felt or looked like a real fight.

For his part, McGregor gave this adventure absolutely everything he had and he deserves all the credit in the world for that. From knuckling down in the gym and learning a new discipline to promoting the event to within an inch of its life, McGregor became the most talked about underdog in sporting history. And it can be said he surpassed all educated expectation by not only surviving for as long as he did, but also for bringing the crowd to their feet by clumping his opponent on several occasions. However, it’s important to retain perspective when examining his performance and that of his rival.

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