It was an illusion for the countless throngs in Nairobi catching the action in the wee hours of Sunday Morning at J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen in Westlands.
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J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen in Westlands was the perfect location to catch the action. Despite the technical hitches, the countless throngs of boxing rookie Conor McGregor illusion evaporated in less than hour.
I had written on this same platform that Mayweather has to dominate this weekend: “I don’t see any way for Floyd Mayweather to lose to Conor McGregor in a boxing match, but if he does, it will be the biggest sporting upset in history.”
The glitzy Las Vegas drop, the glam, the fleet of celebrities and high rollers marked this fight. Scheduled for 10 rounds, Mayweather needed three rounds to take on McGregor; before spending the next seven walking him down, picking him apart and closing the show with a 10th-round technical knockout.
With the win came the perfect time to announce his retirement with a record of 50 wins in 50 professional bouts.
Mayweather is a slick operator who fights by the maxim of hitting and not getting hit. He has fast hands and the best defense in the game, qualities he needed against McGregor. A student of the game, his tactic was: “Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” said the 40-year-old Mayweather.
At one point, McGregor silenced pundits at the start, landing a few early acquittance punches that raised some eyebrows. Taking the lessons, Mayweather realized the fatigue in McGregor midway and taking heavy breaths, marching in and landing three straight rights, the crowd was up in its feet.
The end in sight, it came early in the 10th when Mayweather landed a right hand that sent McGregor reeling before following up with unanswered punches, forcing Robert Byrd to intervene at the 1:05 mark.
He may have faded badly, but McGregor gave a better accounting of himself than anyone, I expected. He won me as new fan. He challenged the unorthodox and that for me earned him all the respect as the bigger man in this match. Afterward the fighters embraced in the center of the ring surrounded by their handlers, smiles all around. And why not? Each knew what their bank accounts new statements read.
A rosier $30m for McGregor and $100m for Mayweather.
“…I had a great career. I can’t complain about anything.” Mayweather noted.