The Question: Why’d It Take Floyd Mayweather so Long to Stop Conor McGregor?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Isaac Brekken/Associated Press

It was supposed to be a mismatch.

But there was Conor McGregor on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, peppering Floyd Mayweather‘s head and body with punches—outboxing the best boxer of a generation over the first three rounds in their boxing vs. MMA superstars pay-per-view megafight.

What had McGregor’s prefight mind games done to Mayweather?

McGregor agreed to a match versus Mayweather using Mayweather’s rules. He had conceded all that he knew before to have a chance at trading leather with the preeminent boxer of this era. It was Mayweather, the undefeated boxing great and winner of 49 consecutive fights, versus McGregor, a man competing in his first-ever professional boxing match.

Why did it take so long for Mayweather to finish him off?

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Formulating the Plan

Despite giving away the first three rounds of the fight, it’s likely Mayweather was never in any real trouble on fight night. Yes, McGregor’s oddball southpaw stance and decidedly un-boxing-like punching angles

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