Mayweather vs McGregor PPV undercard results: Live Blog Round-by-Round Analysis, Updates
Badou Jack turned in a phenomenal performance, as he dominated Nathan Cleverly on his way to a fifth-round TKO on the Mayweather vs McGregor undercard.
Mayweather vs. McGregor fight information
Date: Saturday, Aug. 26
Time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
The much-hyped fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will be delayed because of pay-per-view outages.
“Due to high demand, we have reports of scattered outages from various cable and satellite provides and the online offering” Showtime, the fight broadcaster, said in a statement released shortly before midnight Saturday. “We will delay the start of the main event slightly to allow for systems to get on track. We do not expect a lengthy delay.”
It is not known how many carriers or online providers are experiencing outages, EPSN reported.
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Follow along with SI.com’s Mayweather-McGregor live blog for blow-by-blow analysis of the night. We bought the pay-per-view so you don’t have to.
AFTER THE FIGHT
In his post-fight interview, Mayweather admits that McGregor was a tougher opponent than he expected. But he also said he executed his gameplan flawlessly, allowing McGregor to wear out in the early rounds, fire all of his big shots, then fatigue down the stretch. Mayweather turned on the gas the final few rounds, finishing off McGregor after the fighter had long been running on empty.
Said Mayweather of McGregor: “He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He used different angles. He was a tough competitor. But I was the better man tonight.”
McGregor said he wished the ref had let the fight keep going, saying he was only fatigued.
“I thought it was a little early of a stoppage,” he said.
As for Mayweather, McGregor praised the boxing star but also didn’t sound over-the-top impressed with his opponent.
“He was a lot more composed under the shots,” he offered.
For more analysis of Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO, click here.
It’s over! Money Mayweather is the champion!
After letting McGregor wear himself out one final time, Mayweather finished McGregor off with an unbelievable barrage of punches. The ref stepped in while McGregor was still standing, but woozy and against the ropes. Mayweather celebrated with a sprint across the ring.
Another big round for Mayweather. He got the crowd on its feet at one point after knocking McGregor around the ring. The UFC star looks absolutely gassed at this point, grabbing on to Mayweather and locking up several times to catch his breath. He’s still connecting on a handful of shots, but Mayweather’s are far more frequent and ferocious. Money is cruising.
The momentum is swinging heavily in Mayweather’s favor. McGregor looks fatigued. After all, the UFC only has five rounds and we’re in Round 6. Mayweather was on the attack most of the round, with McGregor’s flashes coming less frequently in this round. McGregor is going to need to make something happen quickly for him to win this fight. Mayweather is going to pick him apart if this trend continues.
We’re getting deep into this fight, which most analysts predicted would be a bad thing for McGregor, but he’s managed to stay respectable so far. He’s definitely more winded than Mayweather, as the 49–0 champ continues to attack and McGregor treads water as the fight wanes on.
One thing is clear: McGregor is in Mayweather’s head to some extent. Floyd just pushed Conor in the chest after the bell had sounded.
The intensity is picking up! Both McGregor and Mayweather had their moments in the fourth, notably a left hook by McGregor and several impressive combinations by Mayweather. After being passive in the first three rounds, Mayweather started to stalk McGregor in Round Four, forcing him to back-pedal on several occasions. The crowd is responding after any shots landed by either side.
Four rounds in, there’s no question this fight has already delivered.
Uh, oh. McGregor keeps punching Mayweather in the back of the head, leading the ref to break things up. Despite an impressive start, those types of illegal punches could wipe everything away. His jab continued to be a weapon, landing several shots to the head on Mayweather.
Until Mayweather wakes up, McGregor’s going to continue to outpoint him at this rate.
Round two was pretty much an even split. McGregor continued to assert his physicality, bodying Mayweather and landing several strong jabs. Floyd countered better in the second round, landing his share of punches on McGregor as well. Still, this is McGregor’s fight so far. Despite his bravado, he’s a patient fighter.
We’ve got a fight! Mayweather and McGregor spent most of the first round sizing each other up, but they had an equal amount of impressive flashes. McGregor landed several good punches on Mayweather, visibly to Floyd’s surprise. McGregor gained confidence quickly, at one point putting his arms behind his back to taunt a timid Mayweather.
All things considered… I think, McGregor…won…that…round?! He was the aggressor and set the tone. Mayweather might have just been taking notes, but he didn’t show much. He’s holding back for the time being.
12:14 A.M. ET:
OK, McGregor and Mayweather just touched gloves in the middle. Surprisingly civil. Mayweather looks like he’s barely taking this seriously. He’s so calm it’s somehow disrespectful. I love it. HERE WE GO!
#MayweatherMcGregor final odds:
Won’t go 9 rounds: -180
12:11 A.M. ET:
Both McGregor and Mayweather are in the ring! Things are about to get started! Check out Conor’s walk out to the ring here.
I can’t believe this is actually happening.
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12:10 A.M. ET
IT’S LIT. Floyd Mayweather’s walk-out outfit is insane. He’s wearing a full black ski-mask and dressed head-to-toe in black and gold. He looks like a stone-cold killer.
11:51 P.M. ET
Showtime confirms it is going to delay the fight until it figures out its PPV issues:
— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) August 27, 2017
Earlier Thursday, the online streaming service UFC Fight Pass acknowledged delays.
It was the first fight for Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) at 175 pounds after he had won the World Boxing Council super middleweight belt.
Official result: Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) def. Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) by TKO at 2:47 of round 5 to become the new WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion
According to Bloodyelbow.com,
The first of two title fights on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor undercard featured WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly taking on former super middleweight champion Badou Jack, who’d vacated his WBC title to make a permanent move to 175-pounds.
MAIN CARD SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
> Floyd Mayweather Jr., 49-0 (26 KOs) vs. Conor McGregor, making his pro boxing debut (21-3, 18 KOs in MMA)
>> Gervonta Davis def. Francisco Fonseca via eighth-round knockout
In the biggest bout of his career, Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) remained undefeated following the disappointment of having been stripped of his International Boxing Federation junior lightweight championship when he failed to make weight Friday.
> Badou Jack def. Nathan Cleverly via fifth-round TKO.