The fighters compete in lighter than usual 8oz gloves. That could theoretically help McGregor, whose victory hopes are pinned on a knockout.
Conor is made his way to the ring at 5:06am. Draped in the Irish flag
McGregor He stares down the camera and then raises his fists as he enters the arena. A big roar from the crowd (or the Irish part of it anyway). He allows himself a little smile once he’s in the ring – if he’s nervous he’s doing a good job of disguising it.
And here comes Floyd at 5:08am … in a mask
I assume it’s Floyd anyway, the mask doesn’t help. Cheers from the crowd – but plenty of boos too. Not that Floyd minds – he is well used to playing the villain and has made plenty of money out of it.
At 5:11am Conor is announced first. They can’t give his boxing record as he doesn’t have one. But he’s 21-3 in MMA for what it’s worth. Conor has really perfected the stare down the camera. I am mildly intimidated and I’m in the safety of my seat.
At 5:13am Floyd announced next with that 49-0 record. Plenty of boos – boos that he thrives on. Only Darth Vader enjoys his villainy more and [SPOILER ALERT] he died in Return of the Jedi.
From round one – ten the fight was very intense…
Floyd Mayweather wins by TKO!
I think Conor needs a KO now to win – but as he tires he’s losing any kind of power in his punches. It’s his lack of experience at a fight going this long that’s really hurting him. And Floyd comes forward – he’s rocked by a big right. The Irishman doesn’t go down though and continues. But his legs have gone and Floyd goes in for the kill – and the ref stops it.
Floyd – now 50-0 in his career – speaks after the fight: “[Conor]’s a tough competitor – we gave the fans what they wanted to see
“He’s a lot better than I thought he was … he used different angles. But I was the better man … It was our gameplan to take our time and take him out down the stretch.”
Floyd Mayweather announces his retirement
Floyd: “I chose the right dance partner for my last dance … this was my final fight”