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Mayweather vs. McGregor result: Conor’s gas tank hits empty, Floyd wins by TKO in the 10th round

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor which took place Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena was always going to struggle to live up the hype. It was the biggest payday available to the undefeated Mayweather, who at 40 years old had to look outside his own sport for a marketable fight. Boxing purists hated that he found one with UFC lightweight champion McGregor, a brash Irishman with a Cinderella Man story but little experience in the so-called sweet science.

They may not have wanted to see the fight, but lots of other people did. When pay-per-view (PPV) providers were crashing due to high demand - something which caused a slight delay in starting the main event - the $100 million and $30 million going to Floyd and Conor respectively seemed like money well spent.

In the end, they delivered what they set out to. With Mayweather’s tenth round TKO win, the fight was better than many people feared. Whether it was by virtue of Floyd’s strategy, Conor’s suprising boxing acumen or both, McGregor looked like a real challenge for the first several rounds of the fight. He was ahead on most scorecards after three rounds, and by 3 - 0 on many.

But you don’t get to 49 - 0, now 50 - 0, by being a dummy. Mayweather avoided serious damage, all while never falling for his opponent’s pre-fight screaming or in-match taunting. By the time the sixth round came around, it became apparent Conor didn’t have anything behind his punches. By the eighth, it was unclear how stable his legs were.

Money almost ended it the ninth, but clinching and the bell saved the mixed martial artist for one more round. In the tenth, it was just a matter of time, and when a series of big right hands wobbled McGregor, referee Robert Byrd stepped in to prevent him from taking any further damage.

Seems like a moral victory for The Notorious One. With his gift of gab and already legendary status in the Octagon, all he really needed to do was avoid being outclassed from the start. Mayweather deployed a smart gameplan and proved a non-boxer never really had a chance of out-boxing him.

Based on the interest level going in, and the fact they delivered a contest that was, if nothing else, entertaining, there’s probably money in a rematch. But Mayweather announced in the aftermath he was hanging up his gloves.

Floyd also said Conor was better than he thought, and McGregor says he was only fatigued, but could have continued. He wished Byrd would have “let the man put me down”.

So, we’ll see what’s next. Before either of the fighters do anything, there will be a million articles and takes about what it means for them, their disciplines and sports in general.

As a pro wrestling blog, we’re qualified to tell you it deserves one of the highest bits of praise the artform we cover can deserve... it was a good piece of business.

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