By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer
On Saturday night, the biggest boxing match of the year went down between UFC superstar Conor Mcgregor and boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather. A fight two years in the making that started as a joke on the “Conan O’Brien Show” turned into one of the biggest pay-per-view events in television history. The 40-year-old Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement, putting his undefeated record on the line, to take on the 29-year-old McGregor, who was making his boxing debut.
The fight started out in surprising fashion, with McGregor taking control of the first few rounds. He landed quite a few hits including a few big blows to Mayweather. McGregor showed signs of his MMA background, getting warnings for hammer fists to the back of Mayweather’s head. Mayweather seemed to have no answers in the first couple of rounds, but still winked at the camera in a show of confidence during the middle of the match. As the match went on, Floyd took advantage of the short 25 minute length of UFC fights, as McGregor began to tire in the middle rounds. By the start of the seventh round, the tides started turning in Mayweather’s favor.
As McGregor fatigued, Mayweather started landing more and more shots, including some big hook shots that staggered his opponent. Things took a turn for the worst for McGregor in the ninth round as his legs began to wobble and Mayweather began an onslaught of punches. Conor was able to clinch until time expired and hoped to survive another round. However, the tenth round was more of the same and Mayweather continued laying into McGregor. McGregor was wobbling and against the ropes when the referee called the fight. Mayweather remained undefeated at 50-0 and announced that he was going back into retirement, this time for good.
Win or lose, both fighters certainly got paid. Conor McGregor made 30 million dollars off of the fight and Mayweather made a whopping 100 million dollars. This is just the purse from the fight and does not even include revenue sharing from pay-per-view profits. Although McGregor was defeated, he showed some promise in the boxing ring and did not rule out another fight in the future. This fight also opened up the door for more crossover fights in the future. Due to the incredible success of this event, it is highly likely to see more high dollar fights like this in the near-future.