Mayweather Takes 10th Round TKO Over McGregor, Retires 50-0

Floyd Mayweather
via Showtime Boxing

Floyd Mayweather closed out his career with a 10th round TKO of Conor McGregor in their hyped fight in Las Vegas on Saturday (Aug. 26)… and moved to a historic 50-0 record.

After, Floyd also reiterated that he is definitely retiring. “This was my last fight,” he said. “Tonite was my last night. For sure. Tonight, I chose the right dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you’re a helluva champion.”

Mayweather dominated in the latter rounds, but McGregor gave him a bit of trouble in the beginning, as Floyd got off to a slow start.

Conor McGregor didn’t exactly charge after Mayweather in the opening round, but was the aggresssor… through a slow-paced round. He landed a few shots to start the fight and even put his hands behind his back for a bit of showboating.

The slow pace continued into the second round, with McGregor was moving forward, as Mayweather appeared unlike himself and not showing much action. But by the fourth, Mayweather began to get going, landing right hands as McGregor was noticeable beginning to tired… with heavy breathing and his mouth wide open.

As the fight continued, Mayweather pushed forward and didn’t stop, with McGregor backing up and trying to create distance.

After a brutal ninth round, where Mayweather began landing an assortment of clean right hands, Floyd closed things out in the 10th, as McGregor appeared completely gassed out. Mayweather landed a huge right hand that nearly knocked McGregor down and then began teeing off. The referee ultimately jumped in and called the fight, as McGregor leaned on the ropes and was barely on his feet at 1 minute, 5 seconds.

It would be Mayweather’s first knockout since he stopped Victor Ortiz in the fourth round of their welterweight title fight in 2011.

“I gave the fans what they wanted to see. I told them I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I must come straight forward and give them a show,” Mayweather said in the ring after the show.

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” he continued. “He used different angles. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”

After the fight, the two fighters embraced in the corner and had a few words. When asked what was said, Mayweather said: “We talked about how he’s a tough competitor, and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see.”

In the ring, McGregor was upbeat after the fight, though he said he believed it was stopped too quick. “I thought it was close. Let me go down, let the man put me down,” he said about the finish. “Wobbly and fatigued? I’m clear-headed. Let me wobble back to me corner. If they finished that round he’d be wobbling to the morgue.

“You’ve got to put me out. No one is taking these kinds of risks,” McGregor added.

Mayweather outlanded McGregor, 170 to 111, according to CompuBox, and landed 58 percent of his power shots. From Rounds 6-10, Mayweather outlanded McGregor by a count of 130-60.

Floyd was winning on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage: 87-83, 89-82, 89-81.

Mayweather was guaranteed a $100 million purse in the fight, as well as a share of the profits, which would likely put him at over $200 million. McGregor had a guaranteed purse of $30 million and is expected to take home in excess of $100 million.