GRAPHIC BY YING YANG
By CHARIS QI
The showdown between two legends will forever be cemented in history as an epic brawl.
On Aug. 26, forty-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. defeated twenty-nine-year-old Conor “The Notorious” McGregor in a ten round fight dubbed “The Money Fight,” because it collected $600 million in pay-per-views.
Mayweather, world champion boxer, won against Irish-born Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) McGregor, who professionally boxed for the first time in that match, marking his 50th consecutive victory Consequently, McGregor’s loss is not surprising.
Mayweather’s strategy, which was to slowly tire McGregor out, proved to be the winning factor. In the middle rounds, Mayweather took control of the fight, delivering his game plan successfully and attacking fiercely while dodging McGregor’s punches, exemplifying the skill of a true world champion boxer.
Overall, the two fighters were mismatched from the start. McGregor’s loss was primarily due to his lack of experience, which could not match up to Mayweather’s extensive boxing background.
As a matter of fact, Mayweather, who started boxing under the influence of his father and uncle, won an Olympic bronze medal and three national Golden Gloves before he was 19. Afterwards, he became a professional boxer, maintaining an undefeated record throughout his career.
McGregor, on the other hand, only began training in boxing a few months before the match. Currently holding the title of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion, McGregor’s skill excels in MMA instead. Thus, triumphing over the world champion boxer seems far-fetched for the MMA star.
Nonetheless, the difference in experience did not prevent McGregor from performing impressively in the ring.
For instance, McGregor earned all of the judges’ points in the first round after cornering Mayweather into the ropes. In the next two rounds, he continued to defend himself against Mayweather.
However, Mayweather’s undeniable skill became evident as the fight progressed. Mayweather gradually backed McGregor into the ropes with continuous punches. As McGregor started to falter, the referee called for an end to the match.
Prior to the fight, Mayweather had been in retirement, returning only to face McGregor, but after winning, Mayweather confirmed the permanent conclusion of his boxing profession. His second retirement after his 50th win is well placed, considering his wealth and status in the ring.
On the contrary, McGregor has a full future ahead of him. In fact, on Tuesday, McGregor’s nemesis Paulie Malignaggi challenged McGregor to a winner-take-all fight. This could be a good chance for McGregor to beat his primary opponent, while publicizing his profile and improving his boxing image.
Ultimately, even though McGregor’s loss is not surprising, it opens up opportunities for him. Unhindered by one defeat, McGregor will go on and win even greater victories through his experience gained by facing the world champion, and eventually become a known name in the the world of boxing.