Whether or not you were cheering for Conor McGregor, and most MMA fans were, even the most hyped-up people knew deep down inside that he had a tough road ahead of him. Sure, we all suspended disbelief a little bit, but most people figured this would go to Floyd. None the less, Conor lasted ten rounds. Now, boxing fans will talk about how Floyd did this on purpose, and was just warming up, and so on… Say whatever you want, Conor McGregor, UFC fighter, lasted nearly 10 rounds against the best that the entire sport of boxing has to offer, and that’s worth something.
Conor’s best rounds were the early ones, and then Floyd started to take control, ultimately tiring Conor out and taking over the fight.
Conor was a bit annoyed at the stoppage, we’ve seen him slow down and take some shots before and go on to win the fight, so it’s understandable, but you can’t really be mad at the stoppage either. It was about 1000x more entertaining than Mayweather vs Pacquiao, and Floyd was saying that all along – he was saying that he owed it to the fans after the Pacquiao fight.
Really, at the end of the day, it’s a win-win if you’re just looking at their bank accounts, and the fact that Conor lasted in there for ten rounds against one of the greatest boxers of all time, in his very first bout, that’s definitely worth something too. As Conor said, fair play.
Boxing fans and experts thought Conor would be done nearly instantly, it was only after the fight lasted a few rounds that their tone shifted to “Floyd always starts slow like this, he’s just feeling him out, he’s tiring him out… it’s normal…”
Either way, if you legitimately thought Conor was going to win, that’s an interesting prediction, but at the end of the day the kid did better than nearly anybody expected him to do, and it’s hard to really call this a “loss” when it’s a win for everyone involved, and even the fans this time around since it was such a fun fight to watch.