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Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor

Conor McGregor wasn’t too impressed with referee Robert Byrd’s decision to stop Saturday’s fight in the 10th round.

“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage,” McGregor said after the fight. “I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots. I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”

The Notorious, who held his own in the first three rounds against undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather, was visibly shaken in round 10, leading to Byrd’s decision to call the fight.

“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back,” McGregor said. “When you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different. Let the man put me down, that’s fatigue, that’s not damage.”



Proud as he is, Dana White has seen enough of Conor McGregor in the ring.

Moments after McGregor submitted an impressive performance despite losing to Floyd Mayweather by TKO in his pro boxing debut Saturday, the UFC president heaped praise on his lightweight champ before stating McGregor belongs in the Octagon – not the squared circle.

“I would rather he did not (box again),” White said at the post-fight presser. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist, where he goes in, and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed to use his hands. I think he did great tonight, I don’t think he has anything left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts.”

White’s stance is no surprise, as the promotion is rumored to have set its sights on UFC 219 – its final pay-per-view event of the year – for McGregor’s first defense of the lightweight strap he won last November. “The Notorious,” for one, appeared game for returning to the cage moments after dropping Saturday’s bout, judging by his comments to to Showtime’s Jim Gray.

As for whether Saturday’s crossover bout would prove the first of many, White said he was looking forward to “getting back to the UFC and doing what I do.”


Here comes the bride.

UFC commissioner Dana White dropped a bombshell Friday, casually revealing that former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will marry fiance and fellow fighter Travis Browne on Saturday – the day of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor superfight.

“Rousey gets married tomorrow. Tomorrow is her wedding,” White said on “The Rich Eisen Show,” according to Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting.

“And she’s in a good place, she’s really happy, and she hasn’t announced her retirement or anything like that. She’s focusing on this wedding.”

White only found out about the wedding in a conversation with Rousey on Friday, and initially told her he’d attend. But White reneged when Rousey revealed the wedding was Saturday.

Rousey and Browne announced their engagement in April, four months after her shocking, 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.


Much has been made about mixed martial artist Conor McGregor’s transition to the boxing ring and while Saturday’s bout against world champion Floyd Mayweather has the sports world buzzing, one group of professionals aren’t on board.

The Association of Ringside Physicians, a constituency of more than 100 doctors, contend that McGregor doesn’t stand a chance against Mayweather and have expressed concern over his safety.

“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Larry Lovelace, a doctor and president of the association said, according to Joe Depaolo of the New York Times.

“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt in this upcoming fight.”

Mayweather enters the fight with a perfect 49-0 record and has been boxing professionally since 1996. McGregor, though, will be making his debut in the ring despite his experience in the Octagon.

Richard Steele, a retired Hall of Fame referee, echoed Lovelace’s thoughts on the matter, expressing similar concern over the bout.

“Here’s a guy from one sport, challenging the world’s best in his own sport. I really don’t know how it’s going to work,” Steele said.

When asked if he thought McGregor’s style would match up well against Mayweather, Steele said: “He can’t kick. He can’t elbow. He can’t do nothing. Nothing that he’s used to doing that makes him a great MMA fighter.”


The fight of the century has its anthem singer, which hopefully won’t cause a Heart Attack.

Showtime announced Tuesday that singer and actress Demi Lovato will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday under the Neon Lights ahead of the main event between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena.

The hitmaker will be singing the anthem at a boxing match for the first time, but she’ll be Confident because Lovato has been Cool For The Summer as she’s previously performed the anthem ahead of multiple World Series games.

Check the lengthy list of prop bets for the over/under on the length of Lovato’s rendition, but we’d understand if you Really Don’t Care.


Conor McGregor spoke to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting in an exclusive interview about his Aug. 26 fight with Floyd Mayweather, and called out his opponent for making racist accusations against him.

Mayweather noted recently he would be fighting “for all the blacks around the world” after the buildup to the fight in Las Vegas become heated, with Mayweather accusing McGregor of racial comments after the UFC star referred to Mayweather as “boy.” McGregor responded to the claims by saying he “was black from the belly button down.”

“First of all, I never labeled him a monkey, or any African-American, or anyone a monkey,” McGregor said to Helwani. “I would never disrespect any race like that. And his people know that. And you know what, he knows that, too. He knows that deep down, too. If I was to label him after any animal, it would be the rat. I wouldn’t even label him after the great ape. He is a f—ing rat. And a weasel, because that’s what a rat and a weasel do, try to manipulate words, and create something that’s not there.”

After denying the accusations, McGregor took a shot at Mayweather’s past.

“It’s a weak move on his part to try and even instigate something, and something so sensitive,” McGregor said. “But that’s the individual he is. He’s a man who beats his wife in front of his kid. What can I say?”


While the fight hasn’t yet sold out, Floyd Mayweather’s and Conor McGregor’s paychecks are not in doubt.

After an open workout Thursday, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said the fight is on pace to break boxing’s all-time gate record and explained that tickets to the event aren’t priced to be sold quickly.

“Right now, we have over $60 million in the box office,” Ellerbe said, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “And you tell me, what part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow. This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. That’s the only thing that sells out in seconds.

“When you are talking about tickets going from $500 to $10,000, that’s an expensive ticket. So you have every CEO from every major company. You know, guys, it takes time to plan and get it together.”

Ellerbe also said the $60 million in tickets sold is “more than double” what Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin have made for their bout on Sept. 16.

There are still over 4,700 tickets available on the resale market as of Thursday, according to Rovell.