Two of the most followed fighters in the country went toe-to-toe, and I have to say, it was a good fight.
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather was worth the $100. It didn’t leave me feeling disappointed like Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao. Blows were landed each round, Floyd played the numbers — but not like he did against Pacquiao — and it ended in a TKO that left Floyd 50-0.
Originally I was upset about the fight being called while McGregor was still upright, but after watching the replays, I think it was a good call by the official. It had been a decent while since McGregor put his hands up, he was obviously gassed and while another punch would have put him down for the 10 count, it may have seriously hurt him.
The most interesting thing about the fight, though — in my eyes at least — was the amount of people who were genuinely shocked and surprised that Mayweather won. Internet rumors even began to spread that it was fixed.
Now, I’m not saying McGregor didn’t have a chance of winning the fight, but I am saying it was a slim one. He’s bigger than Mayweather and he’s known for going all out. He’s one of the best fighters the UFC has seen. So he had a small chance of winning.
But so many people truly thought he would crush Mayweather, and I don’t understand why. Mayweather may be boring to watch sometimes — although I didn’t think he was Saturday — but that’s because he is possibly the best boxer ever when it comes to playing the numbers, snagging rounds, controlling the fight and the overall science behind boxing.
So why did people think the potential best boxer when it comes to the science of the sport was going to lose to a guy who trained for a few months?
I understand that they are both fighters, but the equipment is different, the pace is different, the ring is different. They are both fighters, but completely different sports.
The Mayweather vs. McGregor fight was like the an elite tennis player taking on the world’s best ping pong player — in a game of tennis. While the rules and play of the game are essentially the same, the ping pong player is going to lose that match.
I do think McGregor fought extremely well — I wanted him to win, even though I knew he wouldn’t — and took the loss rather gracefully.
The loss definitely didn’t diminish his quality as a fighter. Everyone knows if Mayweather stepped in the octagon he would be toast — but why would he? The payout is much less than a boxing match.
Overall, I could see McGregor coming back to boxing, but I’d prefer he stay in UFC where we can all watch him punch, kick and claw his way to victory.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.