Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: A pay-per-view smash

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: A pay-per-view smash

Money was the important factor for Conor McGregor when he agreed to the match with Floyd Mayweather, but he earned more than just money - he earned respect. There is some crossover, not a ton, between UFC fans and boxing fans, but I think there was virtually zero crossover between Mayweather fans and McGregor fans.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER'S bank account was the real victor after his blockbuster bout with Conor McGregor.

Then came Conor McGregor.

Consumers were also invited to test their strength and train in an outside mini-gym. Following his 10 round loss to Floyd Mayweather on August 26th.

While Rogan concedes that in a boxing match most top UFC fighters would probably struggle against someone like Malignaggi, the flipside would be disastrous for the former champion turned color commentator.

Dana White's claim of 6.5 million pay-per-view buys is still up in the air because the official numbers aren't out yet. "I wish him well in retirement", he said.

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GETTY Conor Mc Gregor believes Floyd Mayweather has several skills which would transition into MMA

The outcome was fairly predictable, but the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather superfight ended on a positive note for all parties involved. McGregor would fade as the fight played out and was eventually stopped in the tenth round.

McGregor, meanwhile, ventured into the boxing arena for the first time in his professional fighting career.

"I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me", McGregor said. From Muhammad Ali's biting poems to Mike Tyson's vicious bite of Evander Holyfield's ear in the ring, no fan ever really knows what to expect when they pay to watch a fight, and that might just be the reason they pay so much. McGregor landed 111 punches on Mayweather, 31 more punches than Manny Pacquiao, and six less than Mexican superstar Saul Alavarez.

It has been mooted that he will headline UFC 219 at the end of the year in Las Vegas with the likely options being the rubber match against Nate Diaz or a clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The odds on Mayweather meant that punters who hoped to make a profit would need to place big bets. But the costs may outweigh the benefits, as many fighters are forced to wait months or even years for their opportunity at a title shot because of these events.

By the sixth round, with Mayweather accurately banking on the prediction that McGregor would begin to gas out after 25 minutes (the longest possible UFC fight), the boxer began to land impressive punches on the Irishman.

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