(TIML SPORTS) Money Floyd Mayweather ended his career with a 50-0 record after beating Conor McGregor with a 10th round TKO. The Irishman started the fight the stronger, hitting Mayweather with a flurry of punches but as the fight wore on, the American’s experience told and he ended the fight in the 10th round, with McGregor exhausted and seemingly defenseless
One scenario, obvious but droll, is that Mayweather hangs up his gloves for good, blissfully retiring after putting the finishing touches on a sterling, 50-0 career. In the post-fight ring interview, Money stated this would be his last fight and McGregor his “last dance partner.” The 40-year-old pugilist can definitively claim he has nothing left to prove and has the resume to back it up. McGregor can also walk away from the sport of boxing with the knowledge he managed to hang for 10 solid rounds with one of the greatest ever in his first and maybe only professional fight. He’ll almost surely return to the octagon to continue dominating opponents on the UFC circuit.
That may not be the most exciting future for fans to look forward to, especially not after the unprecedented buzz that led up to Saturday’s bout. It will be hard the boxing world to go back to hyping fights like the upcoming one between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, certain to be a damn good match but lacking all the showmanship and flash that made Mayweather vs. McGregor a generational event. UFC may have its own impending marketing troubles too; especially in wake of the tainted return and subsequent re-banishment Jon “Bones” Jones, arguably the only UFC star even close to McGregor in popularity