Pacquiao in 9th round vs McGregor

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“Bruce Lee was an artist and, like him, I try to go beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want the public to see a knockout in the making.” — Sugar Ray Leonard

NEW YORK CITY — I reviewed the ninth round when Floyd Mayweather Jr. assaulted Conor McGregor like a truncheon-toting dispersal cop swarming over a hapless rallyist several times on Youtube, and found a glaring element.

McGregor, 29, survived the violence but Mayweather, 40, finally bundled him out in the 10th stanza with double left hooks as referee Robert Byrd jumped in to protect the Irishman from further cruelty.

Back in ninth round. The gory scene unfurled at 1:59 when Mayweather caught McGregor’s face with a wicked right as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) buzzsaw backpedaled.

Another thunderous right to McGregor’s face at 1:52 changed the program from tango to battery.

A Maywheather uppercut further mangled the tattooed customer at 1:43.

The manhandling worsened at 1:28 as Mayweather smelled blood. At 56 to 55 seconds, the fight became a scene in a Manila city jail riot.

The last 10 seconds was full of brutality as McGregor clung for dear life.

 

EXHAUSTED

 

Mayweather failed to knock out (KO) the exhausted McGregor but finished the job in the next round for a technical knockout (TKO).

If Manny Pacquiao was the one who mobilized the ninth-round mauling in the same pace and intensity, any of the two–Mayweather and McGregor–would have collapsed like a heap of thrash.

To slaughter a defenseless prey uninterrupted for two minutes was peanuts for a heavy bomber like lefty Pacquiao.

McGregor would have suffered Ricky Hatton’s fate as he stood in front of his attacker and did not duck; he neither bob nor weave, a dream angle for Pacquiao.

A killer puncher, Pacquiao would have committed murder.

It may be recalled that when Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) and Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) squared off on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, the unbeaten American ran away with a 12-round unanimous decision in the richest duel in the history of prizefighting.

Against the taller McGregor (0-1 0 KO), Mayweather was more aggressive and banged at the mixed martial arts (MMA) king from all angles without letup.

Mayweather’s success and juggernaut started in the sixth canto when he peppered McGregor with left jabs and right straights to avert a work rate deficit.

Against the shorter Pacquiao, 38, Mayweather was never a menace as he elected to stay away from Pacman’s bombs using his signature bicycle in both legs.



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