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Floyd Mayweather gave away $15k tickets for McGregor fight to British man

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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor pulled off the most lucrative fight in boxing history just a couple of weeks ago.

While the Irishman was always ranked as an outsider to beat a man that previously stood 49-0 and a world champion across five weight classes, his standing as the most feared knockout specialised in the UFC made for an intriguing battle.

Ultimately, McGregor would tire after an admirable opening three rounds and Mayweather, at 40-years-old and 11 years McGregor's senior, would dominate until a 10th round stoppage.

So how comes a pair of British fans from Somerset got to see the event for free?

Jason Wilson of Weston-super-Mare incredibly met Mayweather at a fight in Las Vegas the year prior and one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever noticed something surreal.

Wilson boasted a tattoo of Mayweather on his arm alongside dollar signs. Mayweather would then sign his arm and Wilson would convert that into a tattoo as well.

Impressed with the dedication of a fan from the other side of the world, Money remembered Wilson and promised him tickets to the fight once it was announced.

Wilson and his wife Helen flew out to Vegas in the hope that Mayweather would deliver on his prior promise and they were soon contacted by his management team with the chance to see him train.

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Wilson told Somerset Live: "It was surreal. We got to watch as he did pad work and pummeled the punching bag ahead of his boxing match."

Still, when they got there, they still weren't sure what the deal really was.

Wilson explained: "We didn't know whether there would just be one ticket or whether we would both get a ticket."

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Just two hours before the fight, Mayweather came through for the Wilson's and got them near ringside seats worth a combined $15,000.

He said: "We were never tempted to sell them on - I'm a massive fan and I needed to be at that fight. It was an amazing night. It was surreal to be there."

Despite the fight almost going perfectly for both parties - Mayweather got the win, McGregor looked valiant in defeat - the Jason rejects the notion that the fight was staged in any way.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

"It was always his plan to tire McGregor out at the start," Jason explains. "We were 100 per cent sure that he would win.”

He said: "How could it have been a fix? Everyone knows Floyd is the better fighter and he proved it that night."

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