Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor
Everything about the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match was crazy, from the fact that the fight was booked in the first place through to the astronomical amount of money both men were set to make, their larger-than-life antics during the world tour press conferences, and of course, the actual bout itself.
The craziest part of all though might be that for the first three rounds of the contest, heavy underdog McGregor was actually getting the better of the action.
’The Notorious’ had been branded a boxing novice pre-fight and experts like Oscar De La Hoya and Max Kellerman claimed he wouldn’t even land a punch on Mayweather, but in the first round he proved them wrong by landing strikes and even snapping the defensive master’s head back with a flush uppercut, while as the rounds progressed the Showtime broadcast team were left commending the quality of McGregor’s jab while noting that ‘Money’ was struggling to find a home for his own punches.
Of course, given that Mayweather would go on to take control of the fight in the later rounds before finishing the exhausted McGregor by TKO in the 10th, the general consensus in hindsight is that the boxing legend had merely been toying with the MMA star.
There may be an element of truth to that, but McGregor gave a good enough account of himself in those early rounds that even in defeat he emerged with his reputation intact, with a number of boxing’s great and good admitting that the UFC superstar had performed better than they’d expected against one of their all-time greats.
“What we saw was Conor McGregor’s exceptional quality as a fighter on the one hand and Floyd Mayweather’s age secondarily,” Kellerman concluded afterward.