Many speculated as to whether Conor McGregor could successfully make the transition from MMA to boxing in the build up to this debut bout with Floyd Mayweather.
Well, as he moved into the tenth round of tonight's fight, many were astonished that the UFC star had held on as long as he did.
What a performance by @TheNotoriousMMA he did so well to hang with a legend of the sport of boxing. Floyd Mayweather turned it ON.
— Billy Dib (@BillyDib) August 27, 2017
After 2 or 3 rounds, things seemed positive for the Dublin native. As quickly as he started though, the sting in McGregor's punches seemed to diminish and a recalculation was necessary.
With Mayweather looking the fitter man despite the eleven-year disparity in age, from round three onward the competitive nature of the fight was lost somewhat.
Realistically out of his element against the now 50-0 Mayweather, McGregor has much to be proud of - if for his resilience rather than his boxing ability.
Stopped in the 10th when the inevitability of Mayweather's victory was absolute, people from both world's of Boxing and MMA have had their say on this highly-anticipated bout.
Although little more can be said of Mayweather's brilliance, admiration for McGregor's effort was forthcoming.
McGregor did a lot better than anybody anticipated even if he was outclassed. Didn't hit the canvass. #MayweathervMcgregor
— Sean McGoldrick (@SeanMcGoldrick1) August 27, 2017
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) August 27, 2017
Gave his best, but was there was only ever one winner https://t.co/QaRUDTvwaI
— Irish-Boxing.com (@Irishboxingcom) August 27, 2017
Becoming a McGregor fan. Incredible debut. Losing, of course, but shit he's some competitor
— Kevin Byrne (@KevByrneBox) August 27, 2017
#McGregor done himself proud yet again tonight. Did well and comes out rich healthy & wise & conducted himself really well up the Irish ☘👊👍
— Gary Spike OSullivan (@spike_osullivan) August 27, 2017
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) August 27, 2017
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) August 27, 2017
Conor lasted almost 30 minutes with TBE.
How long would Floyd last with Conor in a 5-round MMA fight?
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 27, 2017
He went to boxing give one of the best ever a very good run for his money, now he should come to mma. Great fight #MayweatherMcGregor
— Joe Duffy (@Duffy_MMA) August 27, 2017
Don't get it twisted folks. McGregor went 10 rounds with Mayweather in a boxing ring. Floyd wouldn't last 5 mins with Conor in the Octagon.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 27, 2017
Conor never hit the canvas. He never went down. Gave Mayweather a damn good fight. Think he came out of this like gold.
— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) August 27, 2017