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Sunday, August 27, 2017

UPDATED: Mayweather knocks out McGregor to win superfight

Floyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor with a 10 th - round stoppage on Saturday to win their money - spinning superfight and clinch his 50 th straight victory.

Former welterweight boxing champion Mayweather , who had emerged from a two -year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star , took his time to get going before dominating from the fourth round.

The end came with a tired McGregor doubled over on the ropes as Mayweather landed two hard left hooks , prompting referee Robert Byrd to intervene and declare a technical knockout .

It was an explosive finale to their much - hyped contest at the T - Mobile Arena which proved surprisingly competitive in the early rounds as McGregor managed to land a string of scoring punches.

But once Mayweather began to find his range and McGregor wearied rapidly , there was only going to be one winner.

The 40 - year- old American scored at will after the fourth round, snapping back McGregor ’s head with a series of stinging blows .

McGregor somehow survived an onslaught in the seventh round when a right counter from Mayweather staggered him badly .

Finally , McGregor ’s resistance broke in the 10 th when a Mayweather right sent him lurching across the ring .

A hard left put him on the ropes and another hook saw him bent over and helpless , prompting the stoppage .

The fight had followed a largely expected script but McGregor , in his first ever boxing appearance, by no means embarrassed himself.

Mayweather will now head into what he says is a permanent retirement with a perfect 50 - 0 record, one better than heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano .

The American is also expected to be around $ 200 million wealthier, taking his career earnings to around $ 1 billion .

McGregor , who was an unemployed former plumber four years ago before emerging as one of the biggest stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is expected to earn around $ 100 million .

AFP

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