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Last night, one of the biggest fights in boxing took place last night in Las Vegas that more than likely overshadowed another big fight in California. Conor McGregor, the UFC Champion, stepped foot into the squared circle for the first time in his career professionally and he danced with the best of them in undefeated future hall of famer Floyd Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena. It truly was the money fight with all of the hype that we had been hearing for three months, but there were a lot of questions asked before hand and they were certainly answered. One thing is for sure, you have to give Conor McGregor a lot of credit because he took a huge chance stepping foot in that ring, but he proved a lot of people wrong. Conor came right out of the gate and he looked impressive, but that was just Floyd allowing Conor to tire himself out because that is what a 50-0 fighter does and did. Floyd at first didn’t look like the aggressor, but as soon as those later rounds started coming, he turned it up and he was taking the fight to McGregor as he had promised he would. The question of the night though was whether Conor could go the distance and sadly he couldn’t as he was completely out of the fight by the ninth round.
That is where Floyd did his damage and earned his $350 million dollar payout for the night and that is not including the gates I believe which broke PPV records. I just want to throw this into your head to let it sink in so you know why Conor deserves a lot of credit for stepping into Floyd’s world and to silence the naysayers. Conor McGregor according to ESPN, landed 30 more punches on Floyd in ten rounds then Manny Pacquiao did in a 12 round fight. Let that sink in as to whether you think this fight should count on Floyd’s record. Now, Floyd rides into the sunset with his record breaking 50-0 win/loss record and the future is uncertain for Conor as far as boxing is concerned, but you can bet he’s not going to be cheap anymore not even for the UFC. There were some decent matches on the undercard with my favorite being the Badou Jack/Nathan Cleverly fight which ended with an impressive TKO win for Jack in the fifth round. The most unimpressive fight of the night belongs to Gervonta Davis who beat Costa Rican sensation Francisco Fonseca in his US debut in very controversial fashion. At the end of the day, Conor just needs to learn how to use his power with his combos, he just needs to work on his stamina, and he could be a weapon of mass destruction in boxing. I am giving the fight an A- overall because it was entertaining and I didn’t feel gypped like I did with the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight.