A little less than five years ago in Las Vegas, one of the most anticipated boxing fights in the history of the sport took place, when undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather, seeked his 50th consecutive victory, against UFC sensation Conor McGregor, attempting to shock the world.
‘The Money Fight’, as it was also promoted, reached impressive PPV (pay-per-view) numbers, achieving a total of $4,300,000 buys, only being surpassed in boxing history by the clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which reached $4,600,000.
In a duel where Mayweather accelerated as the rounds progressed, the American stopped the Irishman by TKO in the tenth round, and right at the end, the protagonists said things to each other in the middle of the ring.
McGregor had the desire to at least reach the final bell, showing his disagreement with a stop that for him, was early.
“That was early, referee. That was early. That was early,” McGregor told official Robert Byrd.
Once in the center of the ring, McGregor expressed his feelings towards the opponent who had defeated him, giving him his first knockout loss of his combat sports career.
“I punched you a lot in the early rounds”, McGregor said to Mayweather right after the fight. “Your composure is great though, fair play to you. A little early, a little early.”
Mayweather expected less from McGregor, whom he showed respect and called a ‘tough competitor’.
“We talked about that he’s a tough competitor and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see”, Mayweather explained. “He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He used different angles, he’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”
Recently, Conor McGregor assured that his boxing career was not over, although he still wants to continue making history in the UFC, entering back into the ring is one of his great desires.
“Boxing is my first love in combat sports. I had such a great time the last time I was out there,” McGregor told Sky Sports. “Obviously, my return will be in the octagon for UFC – that story is far from over, in fact it’s just being written, it is just the beginning. But, boxing, for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future.”