Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor just past the minute mark of the 10th round in their highly anticipated fight.
Despite the expected end of the bout, many praised McGregor for lasting so long and being competitive against one of the all-time greats.
But, was that down to McGregor's ability, or Mayweather's confidence?
Floyd Jr. admitted after the fight that he didn’t spar a month prior to the night. What's even more revealing is that Mayweather barely ran in his camp for the bout, according to multiple sources.
In other words, he showed up at about a 50-percent version of himself and still taught one of the toughest men in sports a lesson.
Mayweather's father and coach Floyd Sr. confirmed by stating: “My son is so great he hardly trained and still beat that man easily.
"Floyd would have stopped [McGregor] a lot earlier if he worked even a little bit.
“Floyd did not train for that fight – he literally whupped that boy, that’s what he did. Just imagine if my son would have prepared and would have trained that way he [normally] would for a fight, he would have stopped [McGregor] even sooner.
“What the world saw was only about 50-percent of what my son is capable of doing. Yes, you can say it – it was like he literally came off the street to beat that man. That’s how good my son is."
Senior went even further, adding: "I used to run with my son, but we haven’t ran together in a long time. As far as I’m concerned, he didn’t run for this fight. Floyd didn’t put all of what Floyd could do in the McGregor fight.
"If the real Floyd Mayweather Jr. would have showed up for the McGregor fight, McGregor wouldn’t have gotten out of the second round.”
This comes as proof of Mayweather's class and undisputed qualities. More than 20 years in the sport, and being on the top of the game, gave him not only experience, but also confidence and the ability to put just enough effort in for achieving his goals.
However, he did put work in promoting the fight and making people believe that McGregor stands a chance. This effort earned him around $300 million for 28 minutes in the ring.
This fight proves to be another of Floyd Mayweather's smart investments.
He made plenty of money with little effort and at a small risk. That is the difference between "Pretty boy" Floyd from the past, and "Money" Mayweather which we saw on the night.
What would have happened if he prepared properly for the fight remains to imagination.
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