REPORTING FROM LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor flailed. Floyd Mayweather Jr. stared.
McGregor danced, Mayweather retreated. McGregor swatted, Mayweather covered.
For the first three rounds at the T-Mobile Arena here Saturday night, the celebrated mismatch between the boxing champion and the mixed martial artist didn’t look much like either sport.
Then Mayweather finally lost patience with the circus and turned it into a sham.
The boxer boxed, and the MMA guy felt it. The boxer got stronger, and the MMA guy wilted. Mayweather began pounding in the fourth round and didn’t stop. He pounded and charged and pounded some more until he finally beat McGregor into a bruised and swollen submission with a 10th-round technical knockout to win a fight that was closer than it should have been but every bit as silly as expected.
Said Mayweather: “I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see.”
Said McGregor: “It was a good fight, it was a bit of fun. The boxing game is a lot different from the mixed martial arts game.”
McGregor was scrappy. Mayweather was a little slow. The night was briefly interesting. But, in the end, it was just a boxer knocking the snot out of a guy who doesn’t box.
Mayweather beat his way through the constant jeers of a crowd of 14,623, several thousand short of capacity. That crowd serenaded McGregor with “Ole,” and chanted “Conor” and roared with every McGregor connection. Mayweather also beat his way out of what would have arguably been the…Read More