Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped UFC champion Conor McGregor on his feet in the 10th round Saturday night, ending the boxing spectacle of the summer with a harsh dose of reality.
The most unusual megafight in years went longer and was more competitive than many expected when an unbeaten, five-division world champion boxer took on a mixed martial artist making his pro boxing debut.
While McGregor (0-1) had the T-Mobile Arena crowd behind his improbable quest, Mayweather (50-0) survived a rough beginning and gradually took control. He brutalized McGregor in the 10th, landing numerous shots and chasing McGregor around the ring until referee Robert Byrd saved the Irishman and stopped the fight.
McGregor and Mayweather squared off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday for a potentially richest fight in the sporting history has begun.
Here are the live updates from what could turn out to be a mouth-watering clash.
Round 9: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has no fear of Conor McGregor’s punches and he lands big combinations to the head that shake McGregor. A tired McGregor holds on trying to stay upright as Mayweather batters him around the ring.
Round 8: Action slows some but the tone of the fight remains the same. Conor McGregor is fighting in flurries, back-pedaling as Floyd Mayweather Jr. keeps after him.
Round 7: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is starting to have his way with Conor McGregor, chasing after him and landing punches to the head. McGregor appears to be tiring as Mayweather keeps the pressure on.
Round 6: Floyd Mayweather steps up the pace and begins landing in volume. He batters Conor McGregor with a series of punches and lands some good lead right hands. McGregor’s punches seem to lack snap.
Round 5: Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to pursue Conor McGregor who tries to keep him off with little flurries. But Mayweather seems to be figuring something out and lands a hard left in the final minute.
Round 4: Floyd Mayweather is pursuing Conor McGregor, who keeps him away with his jab. But Mayweather begins to connect for the first time in the fight, landing some solid head punches.
Round 3: Conor McGregor continues to use his jab and size to keep Floyd Mayweather Jr. off balance. Mayweather is searching for openings but not finding them. McGregor switches from southpaw to conventional to try and fool Mayweather.
Round 2: Conor McGregor is fighting a good tactical fight, using his reach to control the action. Neither fighter lands much in the round but McGregor pulls off another one as Floyd Mayweather remains tentative.
First blow landed as McGregor uppercuts Mayweather.
CONOR CATCHES FLOYD WITH THE UPPERCUT IN ROUND 1!!! #MayweatherMcGregor— UFC (@ufc) August 27, 2017
Round 1: Conor McGregor came right out to the middle of the ring to meet Mayweather and landed a good uppercut in the first round. He kept Mayweather away with pawing right jab.
Mayweather has arrived in the ring.
McGregor, with Irish flag on his shoulders, looks all pumped up as he enters the ring.
— UFC (@ufc) August 27, 2017