Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect career record to 50 fights unbeaten by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of one of the richest bouts in boxing history.
It was a smashing end to a career that earned Mayweather more money than any fighter before him – including an estimated $200 million for his last bout.
A record-breaking television audience watching from around the world, not to mention the thousands of fans who had paid increasingly outlandish sums to take up a seat in the Arena witnessed the amazing match.
The American, who came out of retirement for a potential $300m (£230m) pay day, executed a game plan which pounced on McGregor’s lack of conditioning for the late rounds which prove so key on big fight nights.
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Mayweather said: “He was a lot better than I thought. But I was the better man. I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance. Boxing’s reputation was on the line.”
What next? Mayweather insisted this week that this is it, and that his second retirement from the sport will be more permanent than the first. “I’ve promised my children and I’ve promised the people around me that this is the last one,” he said. “You know that when you push your body to the limit and beaten everyone out there that now the time has come.”
The build-up Saturday night was so intense that the fight was delayed due to pay-per-view problems.