It’s exactly one month to the day that Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor in the most lucrative fight in boxing history.
The bout attracted plenty of controversy, not least because it pitted one of the greatest boxers of all time against an opponent who had never appeared in a professional boxing match before.
But the pair put on an entertaining show and it will likely pave the way for more cross-sport fights in the future.
Mayweather struggled in the opening rounds but it wasn’t long before he exerted his control over McGregor and went on to seal a TKO victory in the 10th round.
The American’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., admitted afterwards that ‘Money’ barely trained for the fight, and would have been more dominant had he done so.
“Floyd did not train for that fight. He literally whupped that boy, that’s what he did,” Mayweather Sr. said, per MMAJunkie.
“Just imagine if my son would have prepared and would have trained the way he (normally) would for a fight. He would have stopped (McGregor) even sooner.”
McGregor used a state-of-the-art facility
Mayweather was seen eating a Burger King just days before the fight but while he was consuming a questionable diet, McGregor was busy training in the UFC’s state-of-the-art Performance Institute in Las Vegas.
The training centre, which opened this year, was part of a $14 million project to provide a base for UFC stars to prepare for fights.
It covers 30,000 square feet and features a gym, rehabilitation centre, nutritional rooms and the latest technology for recovery and performance.
The UFC have released a video to allow fans to see inside the Performance Institute, and it’s any athlete's dream.
McGregor used the PI
Duncan French, the Performance Institute’s Vice President of Performance, explained how McGregor used the PI to prepare his body for 12 three-minute rounds.
“It’s kind of common knowledge through social media and things like that, Conor has used our altitude chamber extensively,” he told MMA Fighting, per Metro.
“Ultimately what he’s trying to do is change his physiology somewhat.
“If you look at the work-rest ratio of boxing, it’s about 3-to-1. If you look at the work-rest ratio of a UFC fight, it’s about 1-to-4.
“It completely flips the physiology on its head, right? Which means Conor has kind of adapted his physiology to 12, three-minute rounds rather than five, five-minute rounds.
“Things like just doing the interval work that he’s been doing in the hypoxic (altitude) chamber is gonna try and help his physiology to support that.
“He’s used the altitude chamber extensively.
“A lot of his workouts are based on heart-rate assessment and looking at high-level threshold training.”
The adjustment from five five-minute rounds to 12 three-minute rounds proved too much for McGregor, who was clearly gone physically but the time Mayweather stopped him.
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