By Gary Todd
Las Vegas- Floyd Mayweather , as expected, took Conor McGregor to school, and gave the Irish plodder , a painful lesson in the sport of boxing. The loud mouthed McGregor could not back up on anything he said in the build up to the fight, and in the end, he showed that in life, talk only gets you so far.
McGregor was terrible, and although we knew he couldn’t box, I was amazed at how bad he really was. People have said he fought well enough to put Mayweather off his game, and to this I would disagree . Mayweather was in total control and knew exactly what he was doing from the sound of the first bell. McGregor had to come forward and land shots anywhere he could. Don’t be fooled that he was throwing punches from weird angles, what do you think happens in an amateur bout. I remember my first amateur fight, and I had trained hard for a year, training alongside pro’s and I had practiced combinations until I knew them off by heart, but come fight night, all that went out the window, and all we could do was get in there and throw punches. Mayweather sat back, smiled, and wound up McGregor and let him go.
As soon as McGregor started throwing shots, I knew “Mystic Mac” and his ridiculous predictions of taking out Mayweather in the second round, or any round for that matter were just talk. When it got to the 5th round, and Floyd pushed him , before going to his corner, smiling and playing to the commentators at ringside, I knew that it would just be a matter of time. McGregor was already showing visible signs of distress, and went from being flat footed , every time Floyd touched him, and his stare was like a deer caught in the headlights, to then change into “Bambi” with his legs going to jelly on an icy pond. The Irish MMA star was not only gasping for air after 21 minutes, he was exhausted, and hanging on for dear life. As soon as he realized that hitting Mayweather on the top of the head, throwing hammer punches, and hitting Mayweather behind the head, just wasn’t going to work for him, it was the beginning of the end. As soon as he knew the big age difference was to count for nothing , and as soon as he realized his much advertised power shots were hitting air, and the power he thought he had would transcend from the Irishman’s 170 pound body, on to Mayweather’s chin, when it didn’t, it was him who “ was fucked” McGregor could barely stand up straight, let alone lift his shoulders up or his arms up to throw a decent punch .
Before the fight, he had said, “ with his little legs, with his little core, his little head, I am going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words “ , reality had now set in, and it turned out that it would, be his own little legs, his little core, and his little head that would betray him tonight. Stamina, resilience, and boxing experience are always the key to being a boxer. It takes years to control , to use it, so you conserve energies within. Mayweather’s has honed this forever, fighting in the amateurs, the Golden Gloves, to the Olympics, to then build on those essential qualities and skills , into one of the best fighters of all time.
By the 7th round, Mayweather was teasing, playing with him, before punishing him with hurtful punches , whenever he chose to, and McGregor couldn’t do a thing about it. At the end of the round, Mayweather Snr, told his son that he could take him out anytime he liked, and it wasn’t long before he did just that.
McGregor’s legs were all over the place, defense in tatters, his torso, either bouncing off the ropes, to at one point, he put his two elbows draped across the top rope as he needed a rest. It was unbelievable to watch. It was a disgraceful display , from the man who would be king.
By the 10th , Mayweather only had to throw straight right hands and McGregor was ready to go, and that’s what he did. McGregor was going , going, gone, and Referee, Robert Byrd stepped in, to save the Irishman from being totally destroyed in the 10th round. For the 14, 623 fans in attendance, the fight was over. They partied on, but for McGregor, and his short glimpse into the world of boxing, the party was over for him.
As a note, I thought the referee was abysmal . He knew the rules, he preached to McGregor before the fight, yet he allowed McGregor to continually hit Mayweather, behind the head, and on top of the head, by my count of 7 times, and not once did he mention taking a point away.
Gary Todd has been involved in all aspects in the sport of boxing for over 25 years, and he is the proud author of his books on boxing’s world champions, “ Workouts from boxings greatest champs vol. 1 and 2”