Conor McGregor was claiming that he was going to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr. He claimed he was going to knock out the all-time great in less than four rounds.
However, it was Mayweather Jr., who would get the knockout win at 1:05 in the 10th round. The referee saw that McGregor was gassed and did not want him to suffer any longer, so he waived off the fight.
“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather Jr. said. “I owed them for the [Manny] Pacquiao fight. I had to come straight ahead and five the fans a show. That’s what I gave them.”
This is Mayweather’s first knockout since Sept. 2011 when he knocked out Victor Ortiz. In addition, the win gives The Money Man an incredible 50-0 record in the boxing ring — nobody has ever accomplished this feat.
Mayweather Jr. surpasses legendary boxer Rocky Marciano, who had a 49-0 record. According to ESPN’s Stats and Information, 54% of his fights were knockouts.
In addition, he held belts in five different weight classes. His last fight — so he says — was at 40-years-old.
Marciano had an 88% knockout rate. He held belts in just one weight class and stopped competing at age 31.
McGregor, who had the odds against him, put up a good fight. He was even leading early on, but clearly ran out of gas late in the ninth round, before surviving into the 10th round.
“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” Mayweather Jr. said. “We know in MMA, he fights for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, he started to slow down. I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance.”
Prior to this fight, McGregor’s average in his previous 10 fights were 8:38. He had finished seven of those 10 fights.
McGregor landed the second most punches ever to Mayweather Jr. Canelo Álvarez landed the most with a 117 punches.
“He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be,” Mayweather Jr. said. “He’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man.”