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Conor McGregor gets boozed and buoyant at press conference

Conor McGregor gets boozed and buoyant at press conference

Floyd Mayweather insisted he would head into a permanent retirement after sealing his place in boxing history with a 50th straight win against Conor McGregor on Saturday.

McGregor (0-1) was the one who dreamed up the fight, which has a chance to break all the combat sports revenue records set by Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao in 2015, when he mentioned during a television interview he was interested in leaving MMA for a fight with Mayweather.

"I think we gave the fans what they want to see", Mayweather said.

While, as you might expect, Michael Owen struck a more sober tone while analysing the result. Ultimately, he took his usual risk-averse strategy in the opening rounds, not throwing a meaningful punch until 55 seconds into the fight.

When asked if he would box again, McGregor said, "I don't know". "He used a lot of angles".

"Floyd took him to school, he made him punch himself out and when he was exhausted he took him out".

McGregor, making his professional boxing debut, had boasted he would knock out the 40-year-old American early but his lack of ring savvy betrayed him as Mayweather improved to 50 win - no loss record to surpass heavyweight great Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record for most wins without a loss or draw.

Fan Chris Keogh said even though he succumbed to the unbeaten boxer's brilliance in the 10th round, he wasn't left disappointed.

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Mayweather emerged the victor in the 10th round, bringing his record to a ideal 50-0. Many, however, will question whether those figures should come with an asterisk, given the obvious and vast gulf in quality and experience between himself and McGregor.

McGregor can fight on, in his own way. "For sure", Mayweather said, praising his beaten opponent.

McGregor's challenge of Mayweather was fueled by social media and turned into a spectacle as the two fighters promoted the bout. But McGregor and boxing are probably taking a break.

"Any guy that's calling me out, forget it", said Mayweather. "I wasn't arrested or anything, but they did take my picture, so I thought they was me done for the fight, too".

"That's exactly what it is it's fatigue, that's why I thought the ref could have let it keep going". Mayweather led comfortably on all three judges' cards when the fight was stopped.

And maybe the thought of McGregor pulling off the unthinkable was a reason why people shelled out $99.95 to watch the fight on pay-per-view in the United States.

She said: "I simply felt duty called".

McGregor's loud insistence that he was poised to become the new "face of boxing" now seems a little foolish, although big nights and sizeable paychecks await him on his return to the UFC. We may never know if he managed to "educate" the MMA fighter during their now-fabled sparring sessions, but the Brooklyn brawler certainly claims to have handed him a lesson in respect.


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