Floyd Mayweather Jr. will retire perfect — but he had to work for it.
Conor McGregor’s first boxing match was a heckuva show — the 29-year-old mixed martial-arts superstar acquitted himself beautifully on Saturday night in Las Vegas, hitting Mayweather more than he’s used to — but one of the 40-year-old Mayweather’s powerful right-hand jabs in the 9th round dazed the Irishman badly, and Mayweather quickly took advantage.
Mayweather pressed the attack in the 10th; McGregor had nothing left, and as Floyd’s punches began landing more fiercely, veteran referee Robert Byrd called it.
Mayweather, who last fought two years ago in a unanimous decision win against Manny Pacquiao, came out of retirement for yet another $100 million guaranteed purse. He’ll make more than $200 million after his piece of the pay-per-view comes in from Showtime.
McGregor’s purse is $30 million — and while that’s significantly less than Mayweather, it’s far more than he’s ever made for a UFC fight. He was expected to walk away with something in excess of $100 million.
“This was my last fight,” Mayweather said. He’ll retire a perfect 50-0, and goes out with one of the most entertaining performances of his storied career.