In his post-fight interview, Mayweather admits that McGregor was a tougher opponent than he expected. But he also said he executed his gameplan flawlessly, allowing McGregor to wear out in the early rounds, fire all of his big shots, then fatigue down the stretch. Mayweather turned on the gas the final few rounds, finishing off McGregor after the fighter had long been running on empty.
Said Mayweather of McGregor: “He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He used different angles. He was a tough competitor. But I was the better man tonight.”
MAYWEATHER vs. MCGREGOR PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
154 lbs.: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor
Round one: McGregor on the advance, potshotting on the ropes. Solid punches so far. Straight left splits the guard. Again. Lead right from Mayweather. One minute in. Straight lefts from McGregor. Counters. Mayweather to the body, McGregor taunts him. One minute to go. Mayweather slips a combo. Counter uppercut from McGregor. Left to the body, jab upstairs. 10-9 McGregor.
Round two: 2-1 from McGregor as Mayweather backs to the ropes. Rabbit punches from McGregor. Right from Mayweather, counters from McGregor. Mayweather to the body. Straight left by McGregor. One minute in. Uppercut from McGregor, straight right from Mayweather. Mayweather again goes downstairs with the straight right. 2-1 from McGregor. Clinch. One minute to go. 1-2 from McGregor, body shot. Straight right by Mayweather. Counter combo lands for McGregor, holding and hitting. Again. 10-9, 20-18 McGregor.
Round three: Another hammerfist from McGregor. Mayweather intercepting most of these shots, lands a right to the body. Clinch. Another right downstairs. One minute in. Again. Clinch. McGregor with a left downstairs, another rabbit punch. Take a point, man. McGregor uppercut downstairs, straight lefts. Mayweather with more rights downstairs. One minute to go. McGregor keeps hammerfisting and the ref doesn’t care. 10-9 Mayweather, 29-28 McGregor.
Round four: Floyd backs to the ropes, McGregor smacks the body. More hammerfists from McGregor. Lots of clinching. Left hand lands for McGregor. Mayweather to the body a minute in. 2-1 from Mayweather. Hard straight right. Clinch. Body shot, left hook. Left hand from McGregor, body shot from Mayweather. They trade in the center. One minute to go. Straight right by Mayweather. McGregor to the body. Left uppercut. Good trade in the center. Clinch. Rabbit punch from McGregor. 10-9 Mayweather, 38-38.
Round five: Mayweather now on the advance as McGregor flicks out his jab. Mayweather to the body, takes a solid left hand inside. Clinch. One minute in. Mayweather continuing to plug the body, left hand after it. Straight right by Mayweather. McGregor giving ground. More clinching. Short punches from Mayweather. Mayweather goes low-high. 2-1 upstairs. One minute to go. Clinch. Good left hook from Mayweather. Both tag the body. Straight left by McGregor. 10-9, 48-47 Mayweather, who gives a shove after the bell.
Round six: Blatant rabbit punching from McGregor, ref does NOTHING. This is pathetic. McGregor to the body, eats a straight right upstairs. Body shots by Mayweather. Straight right by Mayweather and now he’s going for it. Overhand rights. One minute in. Stinging McGregor with right hands. Body shot from McGregor. Solid little combo from McGregor. Mayweather to the body. Clinch. One minute to go. Straight right again from Mayweather. More rabbit punches. McGregor taunts but his heart’s not in it. 10-9, 58-56 Mayweather.
Round seven: McGregor staying active, but there’s nothing behind these. Clinch. McGregor to the body. Mayweather left hook, McGregor straight left. Mayweather with a long left hand, clinch. One minute in. More clinching. Straight right from Mayweather. Short left lands for Conor, then body shots. Now Mayweather chasing him, landing hard punches. Straight left. Big straight rights jack McGregor’s jaw. Mayweather thumping him with a minute to go. McGregor to the body. Mayweather still pursuing. 10-9, 68-65 Mayweather.
Round eight: The pattern is pretty well-established. McGregor fires off flurries of arm punches, then Mayweather explodes for brief stretches, lands the only meaningful punches, rinse and repeat. Decent right-left from McGregor. Both land their power hands. Stiff jabs from Mayweather, walking McGregor down. McGregor to the body. Clinch. Left cross upstairs, right hook. Hammerfist. Right hand from Mayweather. Left hand from McGregor in close. Uppercuts by Mayweather, just marching after McGregor. Hard right by Mayweather. 10-9, 78-74 Mayweather.
Round nine: McGregor backs Mayweather to the corner, punches before the ref calls a start. Combination from Mayweather. Short flurries from McGregor. Hard right hand form Mayweather, clinch. Hard right hand snaps McGregor’s jaw back. Heavy right hand forces McGregor to clinch. MAyweather wants the finish. Clinch. Big shots from Mayweather, patiently firing. McGregor is bone-tired. Big shots. Mayweather just chewing him up. Ref s keeping a close eye on it. 10-8, 88-82 Mayweather.
Round ten: McGregor still putting together arm punch flurries. Mayweather to the body and upstairs with hard punches. McGregor just holding, eats more huge shots. Right hands and McGregor’s legs aren’t there. Mayweather beating the shit out of him and there’s the finish.
Final result: Mayweather def. McGregor by TKO