Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 26 KOs) was able to walk the supposedly big punching Conor McGregor (0-1) down and stop him in the 10th round last Saturday night. UFC star McGregor, 29, came into the fight with Mayweather having a reputation as a knockout artist in the UFC, where he holds 2 titles.
Against Mayweather, the southpaw McGregor didn’t look powerful at all. He was mostly hitting Mayweather with arm punches for 10 rounds. Mayweather said after the fight that if McGregor was a big puncher, he wouldn’t have walked him down the way he did in their mega-fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“As far as his punching power – he’s solid,” Mayweather said after the fight. “I’ve felt it before, so that’s why I kept coming straight ahead. Obviously, it wasn’t the type of power to say, ‘I can’t come forward.’ Because if it were that type of power, I wouldn’t have come forward.”
What power McGregor had, he failed to use it with the way he was throwing arm punches instead of loading up. McGregor hit Mayweather with a minimum of 3 solid punches in the entire fight. The rest of the shots McGregor landed were jabs and arm punches. It’s no wonder that Mayweather was able to walk McGregor down with the way he was throwing such weak shots.
McGregor’s corner should have made some adjustments when Mayweather started to walk forward. That’s McGregor’s fault for failing to get a boxing trainer to help him prepare for Mayweather. McGregor stuck with his MMA coach, which was not wise. A good trainer would have known right away how to stop Mayweather from walking forward the way he was. Mayweather didn’t fight like that in his matches against Marcos Maidana and Saul Canelo Alvarez. Those guys would have lit Mayweather up if he fought like that against them. Mayweather was leaning backwards all the time against those guys.
McGregor, 29, came into the Mayweather fight with little more than a puncher’s chance of winning. The odds were heavily stacked against the UFC fighter and rightly so. He was making his debut in boxing without any experience whatsoever in that sport. You cannot count UFC competition as experience in boxing. That’s a completely different animal. It’s like saying NFL player has the experience to compete against Mayweather because it’s a contact sport. We’re talking different sports, and it’s confusing why the Nevada State Athletic Commission ever sanctioned the Mayweather-McGregor face.