Mayweather & McGregor—Thanks for the Memories

By Marc Livitz on August 27, 2017
Mayweather & McGregor—Thanks for the Memories
"That's fatigue, not damage. Where was the final two rounds?" (Esther Lin/Vox Media)

Will there be such peaked interest in just three weeks’ time when Canelo clashes with Golovkin? That one really means something…

Saturday, August 26, 2017 was a long day for many people and certain attitudes confirmed that waiting is indeed the hardest part. No sooner had Floyd Mayweather made good on his promise to stop Conor McGregor before twelve rounds had expired did social media become awash with opinions galore. It’s a good sign, some may attest. This proves the gargantuan interest in a professional combat outing which ultimately meant nothing in the long run.

There are bound to be several questions asked in the coming days, especially Monday morning. Many within the sports reporting industry will find themselves replete with views which suddenly have become relevant after having just blown the cobwebs and dust off of the boxing folder. In terms of mainstream coverage, such a folder is usually in the back of the filing cabinet and it doesn’t get much love at all, save for events such as the one at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday evening.

Will there be such peaked interest in just three weeks’ time when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez clashes with Gennady Golovkin? That one really means something. Many are already calling the Mayweather/McGregor showdown a win-win boxing as well as MMA. One thing’s for certain, which is the joy that must have been felt by Irish fight fans who came all the way across the pond to Las Vegas. Did their man win? No, but at least they were treated to much more sunshine than they are accustomed to receiving. Pay TV records may have fallen despite nearly 8,000 empty seats at T-Mobile.

Just a bit about the fight and of course, many thanks are due for those who feel the effort put forth by Conor McGregor deserves much praise and respect. We knew or at least believed that whatever he was able to throw at one of boxing’s all-time finest talents wouldn’t be enough. His style was awkward but at the same time, so were Floyd’s exuberant antics after round two (or perhaps three) when he smiled at the cameras in his corner. He seemed to know the night was his. Did he look like a shell of himself, as the “man without an inside voice,” Mauro Ranallo claimed at one point during the bout? Was he flat in the early rounds or was McGregor really that zeroed in on his mission?

In any case, “Notorious” was gassed, red-faced and full of exhaustion long before the end came in round ten. His jab was null and void. He was visibly breathing through his mouth. The maximum one can fight in a UFC contest is twenty-five minutes and to many, Conor was giving his lungs a supreme workout long before the eighth round. Floyd didn’t exactly pull a “rope-a-dope” strategy and let his opponent tire out from throwing too many punches. Did anyone get a look at the contrast between faces after the bout was brought to a close?

Fatigue, inexperience and perhaps frankly, the moment got the best of the Irish warrior. There’s nothing wrong with a loss to an all-time great yet hopefully, this bout doesn’t open the door to a trend. MMA fighters have been calling out Mayweather long before his first, second and third retirement periods. We don’t need to see Anthony Joshua fight the UFC’s top heavyweight. We also do not need the woodwork to produce the names of those from boxing’s yesteryear who would have beaten Mayweather. It seems to happen just about every time he wins. Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Aaron Pryor and Sugar Ray Leonard, for example, are mentioned as those who could’ve topped the self proclaimed ‘TBE’. We’ll never know. We can’t possibly know, yet if there’s a function on a video game to set that up, then by all means, knock yourself out. Pun intended.

Speaking of Sugar Ray Leonard, who is a legend in his own right, let’s not kid ourselves about the tenth round stoppage by referee Robert Byrd. Are we allowed to disagree? Yes, of course. However, even Leonard admits that the halt to the action was the correct call. Social media was flooded with opinions that the stoppage was premature. Interestingly enough, they all seem to echo, if not parrot the words of the vanquished McGregor.

“Let the man put me down,” said Conor to Jim Gray during the post-fight interview.

“That’s fatigue. That’s not damage. Where was the final two rounds? Let me walk back to my corner and compose myself.”

At last glance, he did walk back to his corner with the chance to compose himself after round nine. His corner covered him in ice bags and did their best to help him recapture his form. He’d taken too many clean shots to do so, or so it appeared. Boxing is not necessarily in the business of letting a fighter go down. At times, the real damage occurs because of it. “Protect yourself at all times” is what fighters are always reminded before a contest commences. When you can’t, then it may be time to call it a day. Conor no longer could and so, a day was therefore called. Robert Byrd is not to blame and it was his job as a referee to see that McGregor was removed from the path of further damage. Suddenly, going out on your back is more valiant than proverbially dying on your feet.

So, off (or back) into the pugilistic sunset goes Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He seemed beyond believable this time in terms of not returning. He’s 40 and now carries the half century mark on his professional record without a defeat. Conor McGregor, according to some may have a future in boxing but his place is in the UFC. He’s the guy who took the largest step in recent memory, brought the best out of the best and collected lots of coin for his trouble.

Still, one ringside judge had the bout tallied at 89-82 while another had it scored 89-81 at the time of the stoppage. This is likely proof that there was no way that McGregor was going to eke out a decision victory over Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Many had the bout much closer than a near shutout, especially in the earlier rounds. Whether or not the first few periods were indeed just a jog around the track for Floyd is anyone’s guess.

50-0 sounds really cool, doesn’t it? Food for nibbling. Rocky Marciano didn’t always fight the best, time after time. Secondly, what was Julio Cesar Chavez’s record when he suffered his first loss? Yes, we know about that iffy contest in 1981 but wasn’t he 89-0-1 when he officially lost for the first time?

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  1. Your Name 08:35am, 08/28/2017

    How many times is a Boxer allowed to turn his back on an opponent before being penalized? ANSWER: None. One point should have been deducted for the first two in fractions…at the very least.

    How many times can a Boxer turn his back on an opponent before being disqualified? ANSWER: Three maximum but usually the Boxer who turns his back on his opponent is disqualified immediately.

    Why didn’t referee Robert Byrd either penalize or disqualify Floyd Mayweather for repeatedly turning his back on Conor McGregor?  ANSWER: The bout was a sham designed for everyone to make money & Mayweather to pay his taxes.

  2. Fan 04:33am, 08/28/2017

    Pacquiao vs McGregor

  3. Pete The Sneak 04:03am, 08/28/2017

    Koolz, on point as usual. Thanks!...Peace.

  4. Koolz 01:40pm, 08/27/2017

    Kamegai’s head is just a rock!

  5. Koolz 12:23pm, 08/27/2017

    you are welcome Kid Blast.

    Damn Jack so awesome!

  6. Koolz 12:03pm, 08/27/2017

    Jack vs Cleverly

  7. Kid Blast 11:50am, 08/27/2017

    Thanks KOOLZ

  8. Koolz 11:46am, 08/27/2017

    Cotto Legend against Kamegai

  9. Koolz 11:05am, 08/27/2017

    yea yea time to move to real matches now.

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