McGregor more than a handful concedes Mayweather

Conor Mc Gregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr

Conor Mc Gregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr

It was said in this space before the bout that McGregor was lucky to be fighting Mayweather because of his physical advantage and because Floyd isn't a big puncher....and that was the case although in the end Mayweather separated himself and finished McGregor conclusively. There's a lot on the line here - he should have let me keep going until I hit the floor.

Not ruling out more boxing matches, McGregor will now return to UFC to defend his two titles. "Money" is an excellent technical boxer, who relies on counterpunches and defense to win his bouts and hadn't scored a KO victory since 2011 entering Saturday's fight.

While, as you might expect, Michael Owen struck a more sober tone while analysing the result. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.

When asked if he would box again, McGregor said, "I don't know". "He fought like a Mexican".

In a sense, while fans of both sports appeared to appreciate the 10 rounds of action, the principals in the two sports seemed eager to move past Saturday's big show.

The Mayweather-McGregor circus exceeded its (low) expectations.

McGregor's gangling body type and size provided a slight mountain Mayweather had to navigate in order to get through to land his punches. Selling a PPV for $100 or upwards of $10,000 per seat at T-Mobile Arena to see a novice take on a legend is a Bernie Madoff kind of hustle. For his part, Mayweather made a decision to stay calm and never allowed McGregor's antics to keep him off of his game plan. If I'm dealing with my energy, and he's working, and I'm recovering, and eating shots and so on and so forth, then when he goes back to the corner, and I'm still there, now it's his turn.

McGregor was trailing badly on all three ringside scorecards through the ninth round, with scores of 89-81, 89-81 and 87-83.

When you consider a potential PPV revenue of $700 million, McGregor's cut of the total payout could land somewhere near $110 million.

"In a fight like this, everybody is figuring everybody out for the first few rounds, including the referee".

Even then, McGregor was looking forward, and not just at what might bring him into the ring next.

He was smiling at the post-fight press conference, and possibly a little buzzed.

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She said: "I simply felt duty called". He used to work, work, work and because there was nobody out there to motivate him to go to the gym, he said: 'I'm packing it in'.

He seemed nearly happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing. "I thought I smoked him in the early rounds", he said.

"Fatigue got me. I don't know what it is".

It was entertaining to watch it unfold because of the intrigue and because McGregor did present some challenges for Mayweather, but that does not justify it.

Not bad money if you can get it.

He also got some respect from a fighter who has been in the ring his entire life. "He's a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight".

After all the talk and hype, the fight unfolded like most in boxing figured it would.

And sure, he's now 50-0, but he had to beat a first-time boxer to do it. Put an * next that '50-0′ all-time record in my book.

Before the fight, Mayweather was going in with a record of 49-0, 26 KO's.

Marciano's last fight was a nine-round knock-out of Archie Moore in September, 1955 - his 43 inside-the-distance win - and was killed in a plane crash 14 years later, aged 45.

It's probably a good thing I was rostered on the Sunday shift this week. But I was the better man tonight. "I felt like I owed the fans a last hurrah".

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