R. Thomas Umstead | Multichannel.com | August 27, 2017
Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather stopped UFC mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor in the 10th round Saturday night in an entertaining boxing event that is expected to finish as the most lucrative pay-per-view fight ever.
Mayweather started slowly against a better-than-expected McGregor — who was fighting in his first professional boxing match — but picked up the pace midpoint in the fight and began landing heavy blows against a tiring McGregor, eventually leading to the 10thround TKO. Mayweather, who moved his record to 50-0 with the win, said after the event that the fight would be his last.
As for McGregor’s future, UFC president Dana White in a post-fight interview wouldn’t speculate on whether the current UFC lightweight champion would return to octagon or the boxing ring. “We weren’t talking fighting tonight,” White said of a discussion he had with McGregor after the fight. “Conor McGregor went in there tonight and hit [Mayweather] with some big shots … it was a great showing.”
The Mayweather-McGregor bout was reportedly delayed due to scattered PPV outages as some distributors had trouble keeping up with PPV purchases. The UFC.Tv website reportedly crashed hours prior to the main event, according to USA Today, but fight organizers told Multichannel News that all distributors were “on track” for the main event.
The fight is expected to break the record 4.5 million PPV buys and $450 million in PPV revenue set by the 2015 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight.