Conor McGregor lost the battle, but he won the war for MMA on Saturday night, Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC Lightweight Champ proved a mixed martial arts fighter can step into the boxing ring against one of the best boxers all-time and more than hold his own.
Unbeaten boxer Floyd Money Mayweather Jr. won the contest by TKO in the 10th round, but the first eight rounds had people wondering about those scorecards.
Being his first foray into professional pugilism, McGregor won rounds against one of the sport’s greatest.
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The circus, the spectacle actually turned into a legit boxing match.
The fight between McGregor and Mayweather was sure more entertaining than the much hyped contest between Pacquiao and Mayweather, two successful boxers.
The champion Mayweather, 40, improved to 50-0, surpassing the 49-0 record of Pro Boxing Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano.
As for the 29-year-old McGregor, I don’t recall anyone entering a sport for the first time (and against one of the best in that profession) and doing this well.
Not Lyle Alzado (boxing). Not Michel Jordan (baseball). Not Brock Lesnar (football). Not Tim Tebow (baseball). Not Steph Curry (golf).
For all the trash talking and the bravado delivered by McGregor, which irks some and makes others smile, he backed it up and earned the respect of the boxing community.
The MMA community, led by UFC, owes him thanks as this opens another door to MMA fighters.
What’s the next door for McGregor?
What about WWE?
Well, I think Ronda Rousey is currently cornering that market.