The build-up to the fight was a spectacle in itself, with Mayweather coming out of retirement against a McGregor who was at the peak of his powers at the time.
The bout then produced an iconic night in Las Vegas. Much against the general opinion, The Notorious did really turn up for what was his first clash in boxing.
For the first few rounds, McGregor showed what got him where he is.
However, as he then ran out of gas, Mayweather showed what got him where he is: invincibility. The American superstar produced a brilliantly pragmatic performance, eventually getting the better of the Irishman and taking home a whooping $280 million. McGregor didn’t go home empty-handed either, landing just the $130 million.
See this one. Sure will be difficult to admit for jaleous fighters. But it is what it is. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/vS5MKifnrB— Sayat Orazov (@Sayat_Orazov) May 7, 2022
“He never really had a boxing match in his life, right? He didn’t have a boxing match, right? He went 10 rounds with the greatest fighter in the last 100 years of boxing.”
Briefly interrupted, he then went again:
“No, no, no, no, no, you’re not listening to me. You don’t understand what I am saying. He went 10 rounds, scored punches, on the greatest fighter in the last 20 years – a 100 years.
“Did he do something? Did he accomplish something?
“These people ain’t looking, people will just say, ‘Well, the black guy beat the white guy,’ but look what he had to fight against. And look what he did when he fought against it.”
Wiser words have never been spoken. McGregor may have lost that night but he did produce a remarkable display. Mayweather vs. McGregor 2 at Wembley, anyone?