Conor McGregor runs out of steam in 10th vs Mayweather

The battle between MMA darling Conor McGregor and 40-year-old boxing icon Floyd Mayweather ended as many expected, with Conor succumbing to the grueling demands of boxing which requires much more stamina than standard MMA fights.

Still, Conor started out strong, and gave hope to the many bettors who bet the underdog. This probably made many in Vegas sportsbooks nervous as a McGregor win would have been a disaster, but reality set in the Floyd started to engage more with every round.

As good as Conor looked early, Floyd looked a little older and slower than expected. But as the fight wore on, it became clear that Mayweather spent the early rounds sizing up Conor, and then settled on a strategy to take the fight to the MMA guy with relentless pressure. The punches added up and sped up Conor’s journey to exhaustion, which left him fighting with little left other than his heart by the 10th round.

Is anyone surprised? They shouldn’t be. McGregor is lethal as an MMA fighter, but when you restrict him to boxing rules with a boxing champion, he really has no chance, even with Floyd slowing down a bit. Put Conor in the ring with a 29-year-old title contender, and he gets his clocked cleaned.

Likewise, most boxers would likely get slaughtered in an MMA octagon. They’re different sports.

Still, both men put on a decent show last night, and made a killing in the process . . .

  

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