The Money Fight – Mayweather vs. McGregor
After defeating Andre Berto in 2015, Floyd Mayweather decided to leave boxing with a record of 49-0. Of course, his retirement was short-lived thanks to Conan O’Brien. That same year, the talk show host asked MMA superstar Conor McGregor if he’d be willing to face Floyd in the squared circle. After that fateful interview, interest in the match grew online, and it only intensified after McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at once.
Then in June 2017, Mayweather vs. McGregor was officially announced, sparking a lot of excitement and even more criticism. But while many analysts considered this “Money Fight” a freak show (McGregor had never boxed professionally), the buzz only grew after the two fighters embarked on a controversial world tour. Things got weirder when the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided to change up the rules, allowing Mayweather and McGregor to exchange their 10-ounce gloves (mandatory for boxers fighting at 154 pounds) for 8-ounce gloves, giving both guys an edge in the upcoming match.
Shockingly, even though his 49-0 record was on the line, Mayweather didn’t spar for a month before the fight as he worried he might injure his infamously brittle hands. Crazier still, when the bout went down on August 26, 2017, Mayweather ditched his boring defensive style and engaged with McGregor, giving fans an exciting fight. To the surprise of many in the audience, the UFC champ looked pretty impressive in the early rounds, but as the fight wore on, the tide began to turn in Mayweather’s favor.
By Round 10, McGregor was absolutely exhausted, and Mayweather put him away via TKO. In addition to walking away with a huge chunk of change ($100 million disclosed but probably closer to $300 million) and an incredibly gaudy “Money Belt” (complete with 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds, 3,360 diamonds, and over 3 pounds of 24-karat gold), Mayweather also left the ring with the perfect 50-0 record, the greatest in boxing history. But as for Floyd’s future, Mayweather told the world he was done for good, saying, “This was my last fight tonight. For sure.”