Last night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd Mayweather made history by breaking former Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Rocky Marciano, previous undefeated record of 49-0. Mayweather vs McGregor surely lived up to the hype of being an action fight that would not go the distance as both fighters predicted. However, I couldn’t help but notice a few discrepancies in Floyd’s game.
First off, credit to Floyd Mayweather Sr. on installing variants of the famous rope-a-dope game plan that Muhammad Ali used in his fight against George Foreman in 1974. The rope-a-dope is a tactic used when a boxer backs himself against the ropes or in the corner of the ring and allow his opponent to tee off on heavy shots until he tires out.
The strategy proved effective as McGregor who is accustomed to fighting in five rounds of five minutes of combat, finally began to tire out in the 9th round and was easy pickings for Floyd to finish off in the 10th. But at what cost ?
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Floyd admitted before and after the fight that he wasn’t even the same fighter he was two years ago when he cruised to a unanimous decision against Andre Berto. Floyd also admitted to not doing any sparring this training camp due to his brittle hands. Earlier during the bout, Floyd was understandably slow to get going as he adjusted to the unorthodox style of McGregor but he took some loaded shots earlier in the fight that saw him grimace in pain which is a rare sight. Due to Floyd’s gameplan, he was tagged more than usual as McGregor landed more shots in 10 rounds of boxing than Nine of Mayweather’s previous opponents in 12 rounds of boxing including Manny Pacquiao who only landed 81 punches during their mega-bout in 2015.
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Mayweather chalks it up to the game plan installed in the fight but one with a trained eye for the sport can see that Mayweather’s reflexes were not as sharp although he was able to show flashes of the defensive prowess that makes him one of the greatest defensive fighters of all-time including greats such as Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, James Toney, and Willie Pep.
I am honored that I got to witness the end of a Hall of Fame career and although it’s bittersweet, I am glad that this is the definite end as I wouldn’t want to imagine seeing Keith Thurman or Errol Spence jr. opposite an aging Mayweather in the ring in McGregor’s place.
In the meantime both fighters will be on their way to the bank like this…
— . (@itsluisagibson) August 27, 2017
And even in defeat, Connor McGregor showed that he was a true warrior worthy of sharing this stage with TBE (the best ever) and will truly be notorious for this gif of the year right here.
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