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Despite a valiant effort, Conor McGregor stopped by Floyd Mayweather in the Tenth Round

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The Fight of the Century finally arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26, 2017, and it delivered as anticipated in front of a star-studded crowd.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor finally met inside the boxing ring at the T-Mobile Arena after the incredible build up that began piquing the interest of many after the whirlwind four-stop world tour. The verbal jabs and haymakers were thrown and landed flush from both, but on Saturday evening, only real punches with fists shielded in 8 oz. gloves would count.

McGregor, the brash and uber-confident UFC Lightweight Champion, walked into the T-Mobile Arena dressed to impress sporting a freshly buzzed haircut, strutting through the sea of cameras backstage along with his girlfriend Dee pushing Conor Jr. in a stroller at his side.

Mayweather, the undefeated defensive boxing wizard, arrived shielded by his body guards and closely followed by the rest of his entourage, sporting a track suit with headphones on, listening to music while bouncing around loosely.

A contrast in demeanor between the two fighters, but business was certainly at the forefront of their minds.

After Gervonta Davis defeated Francisco Fonseca in the co-main event via a controversial TKO stoppage, a delay of the main event was announced by Showtime due to Pay-Per-View issues.

A few minutes later, the introductory ceremonies of the main event began, starting with the singing of the Irish Anthem by Imelda May and the American National Anthem by Demi Lovato.

After the walks to the ring and the introductions by Jimmy Lennon Jr., the two men met in the center one last time for final instructions from the referee before they would be unleashed to trade blows in an unlikely match up that captivated the interest of people across the globe.

The brash Irishman came out the gates fast, looking to land strikes at will on Mayweather. The undefeated boxer in Mayweather stayed patient while trying to figure out the game plan of McGregor, even flashing a smile while covering up.

The attacks from Conor were not rushed. They were calculated and precise early on. The first three rounds went in his favor by selecting his punches well and
landing cleanly. McGregor even taunted his opponent with both hands behind his back.

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McGregor looked to keep the pressure high on his opponent as the fight wore on by switching stances repeatedly and pawing out jabs to keep Mayweather out of striking distance.

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The mastery of Mayweather began to shine in the fourth round and a shift in the fight could be felt. Slowly but surely, the boxer began to ramp up the striking as he figured out the angles on McGregor.

Over the next four rounds, Mayweather began to dismantle McGregor with ever-increasing pressure, yet never so much that he left openings for McGregor to capitalize on. McGregor showed why he’s a championship level fighter by hanging in the fight and returning fire, but it became clear who was the better fighter at this discipline.

In the ninth round, Mayweather mashed hard on the gas pedal but still maintained his composure as he started to land huge punches on the Irishman. Fatigue began setting in quickly and the accumulated damage was apparent. The crowd could sense the end was near as they began to rise to their feet.

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The conclusion of the bout would come in the tenth round after Mayweather picked up right where he left in the ninth. Huge punches landed cleanly to the head of McGregor as he wobbled against the ropes. The referee stopped any further damage and called a stop to the bout at 1:05.

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After the fight, both fighters were very complimentary of each other’s skills inside the ring. Mayweather admitted a bit of surprise at how well McGregor worked angles inside the ring.

McGregor stood toe to toe with the best ever in another realm and came out without sustaining serious damage or hitting the canvas. Nevertheless, McGregor’s first professional boxing match is a loss, but in a valiant effort against the man who is now 50-0.

 

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Conor McGregor has ‘Every intention of fighting in 2018’

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Despite being inactive since his historic boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, Conor McGregor is never far from the headlines. Recently his out of cage antics have got people questioning if he’ll ever be back.

Thankfully the UFC lightweight champion appears to have cleared up any rumors about his fighting career.

Speaking to his sponsor Betsafe, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor said “My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game or whatever the next business endeavor might be”.

McGregor added, “I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”

This comes just two weeks after UFC President Dana White told reporters “Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got $100 (expletive) million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.”

White went on to say “Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people.”

White also told reporters that the “Notorious one”, “can’t be paid enough money” and that he is “worth every penny and more.” McGregor’s recent statement suggests he knows that and won’t be back till his demands are met.

The UFC lightweight division has been stalled in the absence of the champion McGregor and now the interim champion Tony Ferguson has undergone surgery. The UFC has been known the remove belts from fighters who have been delayed for extended amounts of time, this would be highly unlikely with the popularity of McGregor.

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Will Conor McGregor ever fight again?

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The future of the UFC’s biggest ever star is in doubt. But it was also never a secret. “The Notorious” Conor McGregor always made his intentions clear, “Get in. Get rich. Get out”. And now he’s rich, very rich.

In 2008 at the age of 20 a baby-faced, clean-shaven McGregor stated his ambitions for his MMA career after just 5 professional fights. He said “My dream is to be world champion in the UFC, have more money than I know what to do with, and have a great life for my kids, my grandkids, everyone in my family, everyone that’s come up with me. That’s my dream”.

Along his journey, McGregor has never kept his intentions to himself. At first, it was to get into the UFC. Then it was the featherweight belt. Then it was to replicate what he had done in his previous promotion, to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion.

The issue now is that McGregor has achieved everything he has set out to do. From world titles to being a multi-millionaire, he’s done it all. And now there is no statement of intent. No dream to chase.

Since he’s achieved everything he said he ever wanted, where does the hunger for more come from? Currently, it doesn’t appear to be there.

Since the last time we saw McGregor with gloves on, the charismatic Irishman has seemingly gone off the rails. There was the Bellator 187 incident in Dublin, where McGregor stormed the cage and pushed veteran referee Marc Goddard and slapped an official. But more recently the Irish Daily Mail has reported that McGregor was involved in a bar fight in his native Crumlin, where he is believed to have punched an associate of a major crime gang in Dublin. Whether this is true or not, it is still something a UFC champion and role model shouldn’t be associated with.

From the outside, McGregor’s life is more about hours spent at the club rather than the gym.

But who can blame the man for enjoying the fruits of his labor? He is acting how most 29-year-old men would if they had just received $100 million.

This is his life’s work paying off.

After McGregor’s loss at UFC 196, he wanted an immediate rematch against Nate Diaz at the same weight. It showed us he’s a true martial artist with the heart of a lion. It showed his desperation to get that win back and prove he is the better competitor. And when he won, he proved all his doubters wrong as he walked on crutches through the corridor of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas screaming “doubt me now”.

But after his loss to Mayweather Jr., there has seemingly been no desire to arrange a fight to get back in the win column.

It’s easy to forget during this period of inactivity that McGregor is one of the most active guys in MMA. From UFC 194 to UFC 205, McGregor competed in 4 fights at 3 different weight classes against high caliber opponents inside the space of 11 months. The truth is he deserves a well-earned rest.

 

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However, in a recent media scrum, Dana White confirmed that Conor was looking to fight before the end of the year but had been pulled from UFC 219 as punishment for the incident at Bellator 187.

Dana also told the reporters in the room “Conor might never fight again. The guys got $100 million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working”.

White also said, “Try and get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank”.

The two statements from Dana are very contradicting as he isn’t sure McGregor will ever fight again, but at the same time he wanted to fight on December 30th. Maybe Dana is struggling to pick apart the mind of Conor McGregor as much as we are.

There are plenty of reasons why Conor should never come back.

Not only is he set for life but he’s also healthy. McGregor is extremely conscious about his health and has mentioned several times throughout his career about the importance of keeping your brain healthy.

But there are plenty of reasons why he should he come back.

He loves to fight and he loves making money. He needs to capitalize on that whilst he can.

McGregor doesn’t have to settle for one big payday, he has matchups waiting for him such as Ferguson, Diaz, and GSP. There is always the welterweight belt and his Croke Park dream. And the door is open for a return to boxing, especially with fighters like De La Hoya, Pacquiao, and Malignaggi calling him out.

He’s also at the peak in terms of age and physique and in terms of power. Where he has the whole MMA world on strings with every small move he makes.

There is no knowing if McGregor will ever fight again. If McGregor returns to his usual self, he will likely be back in the first quarter of 2018, where he will fight frequently. But as time ticks on and there is no fight announcement McGregor may be stripped of his belt never to be seen again.

He got in. He got rich. Is he out? Let us know.

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Manny Pacquiao Hints at Possible 2018 Fight with Conor McGregor

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Here we go again. Just when we thought Conor McGregor was set on a return to the octagon, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has seemingly called out the charismatic Irishman with his latest Instagram post.

It appears the current senator of the Philippines also wants a trip on the money train that is Conor McGregor, as he sent out this cryptic message on his Instagram.

Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma

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The caption reads “Happy thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma”.

This comes a week after retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya claimed he has been secretly training for a bout with “The Notorious One.” Speaking on ‘Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew’, De La Hoya claimed “I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor out in two rounds”.

After his most recent loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, retirement looked imminent for ‘Pac-Man’. But a shot at McGregor and the pay day his name brings, appears to be far too tempting.

McGregor loves to test himself and he loves money. So he will be licking his lips just thinking about the opportunity to get back in the ring against a high calibre opponent like Pacquiao. Not just to make money, but to prove his doubters wrong after his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

McGregor’s immediate future looks set to be a fight with Tony Ferguson in 2018. But after that who knows what the future holds for the UFC lightweight champion.

If McGregor’s next fight is a boxing match with Pacquiao, then it could spell the end of his title reign. As Ferguson likes to say it’s ‘defend or vacate’ time.

 

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