Aftermath: Mayweather vs McGregor

Boxing Monthly
27/08/2017 9:03pm

In the wake of possibly the richest prize fight of all time we asked our online team for their take on Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor...Here's what Callum Rudge, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Colin Harris, John Evans, Andrew Harrison and online editor Luke G. Williams had to say...

The fight was surprisingly competitive but not for very long. McGregor 24 hours after the weigh-in looked absolutely massive compared to Mayweather and as a result Floyd looked a little tentative at the beginning and was clearly cautious due to McGregor's size and his unorthodox stance, where he would switch very quickly.

I gave McGregor the first round and possibly the second but after that Mayweather started to find his timing and was landing straight rights to the body. This took something out of McGregor and we never saw the punching power he's so known for in the UFC. There were a lot of rough tactics from McGregor, holding and hitting and punching on the top of the head. I thought referee Robert Byrd had a terrible night - he was treating McGregor like he was a novice (which he obviously was) and giving too many chances, he should've been treated like a boxer, not an MMA fighter who didn't know what he was doing.

After four rounds it was all Mayweather and it was only a matter of time before he got the stoppage. What was clear was that Mayweather was 40 and very ring rusty. His reflexes weren't as sharp, his accuracy wasn't what it usually was but it was still far too good for McGregor, who handled himself well but doesn't have the stamina for top-class boxing. - Callum Rudge

Fair play to McGregor - he gave an account of himself that far surpassed any predictions from the boxing purists. He can hold his head up high ... and his bank balance even higher.

Mayweather did what we expected ... and as Graham Houston accurately predicted. After two years of inactivity, you could noticeably see Mayweather getting tagged with shots he would have slipped previously and on occasions his timing was out. Congrats on his victory ... now walk away from boxing, Floyd!

Re: 50- 0. The media needs to stop saying Mayweather is the first to reach 50 fights undefeated. Just add the phrase 'retire undefeated' in there and it becomes factual. Julio Cesar Chavez won nearly 90 fights before tasting defeat and, if memory serves me correct, Willie Pep over 60. - Paul Zanon

I was extremely critical of this fight beforehand and having watched it this morning my opinion hasn't changed much.

I had the utmost respect for both men as athletes and still do. But whilst McGregor looked more competent than I anticipated it seemed to me that Mayweather was 'carrying' his opponent for large portions of the fight.

I hope both men enjoy the money as combat athletes deserve everything they can get, but I hope McGregor's talk of further appearances in boxing was just post-fight bluster. - James Oddy

I think we can all agree on several things: McGregor did better than expected. Mayweather is not what he was. The fight surpassed most expectations. The 'event' was exactly that - an event. It successfully brought MMA and boxing together in a way no previous cross-over had done. It would have been nice to let McGregor hit the deck rather than being stopped on his feet. Boxing and MMA are different sports for a reason. It was not the 50th-win finale we'd all like to have seen against a 'proper boxer'.

I felt that Mayweather let McGregor take the first three rounds and that it was (despite the amazed tone of the commentary team) all part of his plan. From round four onwards it was all Mayweather, and it was only a matter of 'when', not 'if', he would end things, and whether or not the Irishman would actually go down or not.

I didn't care enough to stay up all night, but I watched it in the morning without knowing the result and enjoyed it for what it was: an interesting event which lived up to all the excitement and made plenty of people very rich, while finishing off Mayweather's hall-of-fame career.

Fair play to those journalists who do their job well enough to distinguish exactly what Mayweather has done with retiring, undefeated, at 50-0: those who are in need of some training by Graham Houston will get it wrong and forget other fighters with longer winning streaks (Robinson, Chavez, Tom Bogs), or longer unbeaten careers (Ricardo Lopez), or other world champions who retired unbeaten (Calzaghe, Simon, Valero)... it may seem nit-picky, but it's important not to re-write history in the excitement of the moment. - Colin Harris

Sparring a professional feels like you are constantly teetering on the brink of disaster. For McGregor to have got as far as he did without making a catastrophic mistake illustrates his self belief, athletic ability and work ethic. He did as well as he could.

Floyd carried Conor until he was certain every single element of risk had been removed from the contest and finished it when he chose to. It adds nothing to his legacy but shone the spotlight on boxing.

Now, when's SuperFly? - John Evans

I didn't see it live but caught a replay yesterday (already knowing the result).

I thought McGregor fought out of his skin and all power to him. He couldn't have done any more in the time he had to prepare.

Physically, it looked like a sprinter taking on a 10,000m runner: Conor simply isn't built for 12 rounds - he's been built to mangle people. It takes fighters years to build up to the full distance.

Floyd retires as the most successful boxer of all time: healthy, rich and with enough support in the media to ensure he's feted long after he slips into the background.

The event (which I thought was fun all the way through) was an exaggeration of Mayweather's career post-Oscar De la Hoya: highly calculated and extremely lucrative. There's something admirable about a fighter that beats the game but as a boxer, I'll remember him as a junior lightweight. He was magic all those years ago. - Andrew Harrison

Like several others I didn't watch the fight live, although I did listen to Radio 5 Live's entertaining coverage.

From a boxing purist's point of view, as a finale to Mayweather's career it was, of course, something of an anti-climax - imagine the potential drama if he had bowed out by challenging GGG or Keith Thurman instead, with '50-0' at stake? However, Mayweather has always been about the risk to reward ratio and those of us who have never stepped between the ropes of a professional ring can't really blame him for that.

Some of the extreme criticism of the event I've found a touch wearisome. I understand where 'outraged' boxing fans were coming from, but Mayweather vs McGregor 'was what it was' - no one was forced to buy it, watch the press conferences or read about it.

SetWidth441 cover aug 2017Boxing Monthly had the event on the cover of its August issue (see left) and that caused a fair few caustic comments on our Twitter timeline. To a certain extent I sympathised with such sentiments and fan frustration, but did any one really expect the magazine to ignore what will probably turn out to be the richest prize fight in history? Magazine editor Graham Houston's preview was, for my money, spot on (he also called the outcome perfectly - TKO 10 for Floyd) and his accompanying article on other boxing 'oddities' provided apt historical context.

The BM website (which I edit) had minimal coverage, which I thought was totally justifiable. We had a writer at one press conference and ran a report on that, we republished Graham's two magazine articles last week and also put together this aftermath piece. Contributor Michael Montero, whose criticism of the event goes further than my own views, also regularly featured the fight on his personal 'The Neutral Corner' broadcasts.

I think this limited volume of coverage made it clear that the majority of BM's online team viewed this is a 'big' event, and to some extent an 'interesting' event, but not a particularly 'significant' one.

Now, as John Evans said, let's focus on SuperFly... plus Canelo vs GGG and the host of other really significant match-ups we have left in 2017! - Luke G. Williams