The most expensive sporting event of the world: boxing match Floyd Mayweather vs Connor McGregor
Floyd Mayweather vs Connor McGregor is a boxing match that took place on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas on the T-Mobile arena (Nevada, United States of America). It faced the unbeaten eleventh world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Many sports publications trumpeted that this confrontation would be the most expensive event in the history of world sports. There were also those who were scornful of this boxing match, pointing out that there is no real sports interest in the confrontation, which is not visible beyond the mountain of money.
Floyd Mayweather won this technical knockout in the tenth round. It was the fiftieth victory in his boxing career, Floyd ended his career as an undefeated champion in five weight categories.
With this victory, Mayweather Jr. overtook the record of Rocky Marsciano (49-0), a boxer entering the Hall of Fame.
After great success in the UFC mixed martial arts league, Conor Macgregor in 2016 publicly stated that he was interested in a boxing match against undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. On the part of the Irish fighter, too much dirt was said to the boxer. However, Conor is always in his style. Track-toking is his strong point, and everyone knows about it perfectly. In order for this fight to take place within the framework of the rules of boxing, Floyd Mayweather’s agreement was not enough, because the UFC star needed to get a boxing license. It was rumored that the Irishman wanted to terminate his contract with the UFC through litigation, but later Dana White (President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship) denied this information.
In March 2017, Floyd Mayweather and McGregor signed a contract indicating that the fight would indeed take place so that the Irishman would not once again be sprayed with loud words to the public, but acted like a real man. Grand campaigns unfolded around the event, the sports community simply stood on the ears. Will the American come to the ring after a two-year break, will he resume his boxing career for the fight against Conor McGregor? In the end, the athletes came to the same conditions and officially signed an agreement that the battle will take place.
WBC exclusive belt called Money Belt
On August 23, 2017, the World Boxing Council (WBC) released information that the Money Belt, made of alligator leather (1.5 kg), has 24-carat gold and was created specifically for the boxing match between Floyd and Conor. It contains 3360 diamonds, 600 sapphires and 300 emeralds.
Conditions, rules, judges
The main referee of the fight was Robert Byrd, the brigade of judges was represented by Bert Clements, Dave Moreti and Guido Cavalleri.
Initially, combat gloves were required to be 10 ounces approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NSAC). Connor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather eventually fought in 8-oz gloves, because they themselves came to such a mutual decision. It was also stated in the contract that if Macgregor strikes the enemy with an unlawful blow (push, knee or elbow strike, etc.), then a very large financial sanction and trial will be imposed on him.
McGregor started the bout with a swift attack, maintaining that pace throughout the first four rounds. The Irishman looked very technical and bold. No one expected the UFC star to be a threat in the ring for the eleventh world boxing champion.
Conor moved perfectly around the ring, showing his overwhelming desire to box and win. In turn, Floyd Mayweather chose a very wise and strategy, which in the hands of an American looked simply brilliant. Little Floyd didn’t touch McGregor’s upstart for exactly four rounds, he waited for him to squander his “gasoline”, get tired and start losing ground. Ultimately, this scenario was demonstrated in the ring. Still, Mayweather has more experience and boxing intelligence.
From the fifth round, Conor began to lose his momentum and concentration. By the way, the Irishman always had very big problems with physical endurance. The UFC star began to move more and more slowly, his body became noticeably heavier, the blows became less confident, there was simply not enough breathing. This and took advantage of Floyd, who simply round after round slowly declassed his opponent.
He, like a real predator, pretty worked on the body of McGregor, thereby knocking his breath, and in the final rounds he proceeded to the head of defenseless Conor. Every hit, every punch of the American champion hit the target.In the tenth round, the referee decided to end the fight due to Conor’s inability to defend against Mayweather. In the end, Floyd won the fiftieth victory in his boxing career.
After the fight, there was a flurry of criticism from professional boxers and martial arts subject matter specialists, who saw in this fight not a boxing match, but a real “circus”, because Conor had no chance of winning. It is like an amateur will come out against a professional, which, incidentally, has happened.
Great boxers such as Manny Pacquiao, Gennady Golovkin, Oscar de la Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez believed that the fight had infected the reputation of the sport, Connor and Floyd Mayweather betrayed him. In their opinion, the purpose of this event is to earn as much money as possible, and there was no talk of any sports motivation or fame.
A week after the fight, Conor McGregor posted a provocative post on Twitter, where he ridiculed the entire boxing world after receiving his fee. The Irishman began to be ironic about the fact that Floyd is the author of this production battle according to a predetermined scenario.The winner earned 300 million US dollars, and the loser - three times less. It is still not clear whether Conor was joking or not, but it is easy to believe.