By Zach Backiewicz, ’19
After a summer filled with hype and anxiety, the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor finally happened on August 26. Mayweather would continue his undefeated professional boxing career, resulting in a TKO win over McGregor.
The fight took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The fight was only available on Showtime pay per view starting at $89.95.
Mayweather was widely expected to dominate the fight since he was currently undefeated with a record of 49-0, but McGregor started strong and was ahead on the scorecards for the first few rounds, due in part to Mayweather conserving his energy. This tactic would help Mayweather win the fight, as in the 9 and 10 round he landed a series of punches to McGregor’s face, leaving him unable to further continue the fight due to fatigue.
With the win, Mayweather would surpass Hall of Fame Boxer, Rocky Marciano, for the best professional boxing record. Mayweather also announced after the fight that he had fought his last fight and would retire for good.
The fight brought in large paydays for both of the boxers. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather would earn a guaranteed purse of $100 million and McGregor was guaranteed $30 million. Both fighters would leave the ring rich.