Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC star landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a fighter who had never been in a professional boxing match.McGregor boxed surprisingly well early. But after landing some shots in the first three rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. figured out a 50th opponent, letting Conor McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes.Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th round Saturday night with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT “I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.”Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd at the arena cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. But Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.”Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, then came back in the 10th eager to finish it off.McGregor went over and hugged Mayweather. He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Wednesday. However, it was curtains for Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap.Fourth seed Srikanth was too good for Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent as the Indian took only 32 minutes to dispatch his opponent 21-11, 21-15.Saina fought hard before going down to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in three games 21-10, 10-21, 19-21 while Kashyap lost 16-21, 13-21 Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.Prannoy did not disappoint as he battled his way past Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-14, 13-21, 21-19 to set up a second-round meeting with Srikanth.Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy started their campaign on a high by registering an easy win over Thai pair of Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit. But Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty suffered a defeat against Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.Earlier, B Sai Praneeth and women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament after opening round losses.Sindhu fought hard for a 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 victory over Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol and advanced to the second round of the tournament on Wednesday.Sindhu just a minute over an hour to get past Jindapol in a match that consistent of three well-fought games.Sindhu began the match well with a solid 21-15 win over Jindapol in the first game. However, she let go of her intensity in the second round and was outplayed 13-21 by Jindapol.In the final game, it remained close till almost the end before Sindhu regained her touch and took the game 21-17 and the match.advertisementSindhu will next be up against South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, who earlier beat Japan’s Aya Ohori 21-10, 21-12. Sindhu leads Sung 8-5 in their head-to-head record but has one win and a loss this year against the Korean.Also read – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India TodaySameer Verma also got off to a winning start in Hong Kong with a comfortable 21-17, 21-14 win over Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon. Sameer, who had reached the quarter-finals in Denmark before losing to compatriot Srikanth, took just 40 minutes to win his first round match.Avihingsanon stayed in touch with Sameer in the first game and the Indian edged out the Thai but Sameer was far more in control in the second game and brought up an easy win.Sameer has a tough task ahead of him in the second round as he will be up against China’s Olympic champion and recently, the French Open winner Chen Long.The one time Sameer played Chen Long was back in 2015 and the Indian had lost.SAI PRANEETH, ASHWINI-SIKKI LOSESai Praneeth could not bring about a change in his misfortune this year as he bowed out of the Hong Kong from the first round itself, losing 21-16, 11-21, 15-21 to Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab.Praneeth, who has struggled to go beyong the second round in the last three tournaments, had his match fitness come under scrutiny as he failed to last in the match and the rallies with the clash going into three games.Praneeth began the match on the fore taking the first game quite comfortably. However, the next two games showed exactly how Praneeth struggles with a three-game match.Phetpradab has been in a good form recently and has some wonderful strokes up his sleeves. While even Praneeth is a technically gifted player, Phetpradab could outlast the Indian on Wednesday.In the women’s doubles, Ashwini-Sikki fought extremely but the gulf in the class of the Indian pair and the Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi.Despite losing the first game surprisingly, the second seeded Japanese pair outclassed Ashwini-Sikki 18-21, 21-10, 21-8 in 52 minutes.Ashwini-Sikki played extremely well to take Matsutomo and Takahashi off guard in the first game and stayed close to them before taking it away 21-18.However, the next two games they could managed a total of only 18 points and the Japanese ran away with the match into the second round.