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The Irish Sporting Community Reacts To Conor McGregor's Defeat

The Irish Sporting Community Reacts To Conor McGregor's Defeat

The Irish sporting community looked on agog tonight as Conor McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

Despite the hearty support of numerous sporting stars however, McGregor's debut bout ultimately went as planned - and not as many had hoped.

While very few believed McGregor could last beyond a few initial rounds, his 10th round TKO demonstrated a level of resilience that many found admirable.

Yet, as his exhaustion became palpable, Mayweather increasingly toyed with McGregor once he had assessed the risk at hand. Advancing menacingly throughout, it quickly became a matter of 'when' and not 'if' he would break Rocky Marciano's long-standing record.

It was a style of fighting that few had seen from Mayweather in quite a few years.

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Having seemingly started strongly, McGregor's initial dominance increasingly appeared part and parcel of Mayweather's overall plan. Some fans were more positive than other however.

Noticeably tiring as the rounds progressed however, the pre-fight rationale that 'one big punch' could trouble the now 50-0 American fighter became an absolute necessity if McGregor was to pull of a great sporting shock. It never truly looked like it was coming however.

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With plenty of Irish sporting figures staying up to watch this captivating spectacle, the general consensus seems to suggest that few are surprised by the result, but content nonetheless that McGregor delivered an admirable performance against a supreme opponent.

With Floyd Mayweather confirming once again that tonight signals the conclusion of his remarkable boxing career, what comes next for McGregor will be keenly anticipated.

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Arthur James O'Dea

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