There are two very different sides when it comes to how fans perceived the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor super bout this past Saturday.
Boxing fans saw an old Mayweather, who appeared to be a shadow of his former self, let McGregor win some of the early rounds and then easily knocked him out in the tenth round.
Meanwhile, MMA fans argue that Conor’s awkward stance and non traditional style gave Floyd fits early on. Some MMA fans will go far enough to say he had Floyd hurt at one point or another. However, like always, the truth is somewhere in between these two perspectives.
Mayweather did “allow” McGregor to win the early rounds but because Mayweather was analyzing his range and awkward style. So make no mistake about it, Mayweather did have to feel McGregor out. Otherwise, he could have ran into something he wasn’t expecting.
There is truth that Mayweather looked old. You also have to consider that Mayweather came forward more in this fight against McGregor than he has in the last 10 years. It was a very different looking Mayweather than the boxing world is used to seeing. If doubt for one second that it wasn’t a plan to allow McGregor to punch himself out then you’re delusional. However, that wasn’t the only reason McGregor was exhausted. Please don’t forget the body shots that Conor was taking as well as all the punches he missed.
The question everyone wants to know is how did McGregor really perform. Originally, I thought this fight wasn’t going to competitive at any point and he wasn’t even going to lay a finger on Floyd. I am first to admit when I am wrong and I was here. Conor’s a true athlete and if he was properly introduced into boxing, who knows, he may have been something special.
Can he compete with other boxers? I doubt it. Mayweather did not fear his power and at junior middleweight there are a lot of hard punchers who would stop him. Now, that is not saying if he doesn’t go down and fight guys with lower experience and work his way up that he couldn’t hang. I just severely doubt Conor takes that road. I fully expect Conor to return to the octagon even stronger than he was before and continue kicking ass in the UFC.