Boxing: Floyd Mayweather beats Conor McGregor with TKO in 10th round, retires with 50-0 career record

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather beats Conor McGregor with TKO in 10th round, retires with 50-0 career record
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and MMA figher Connor Mcgregor pose during their weigh- in on August 25, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather, the 40-year-old undefeated former welterweight boxing champion, will face McGregor, a star of mixed martial arts' Ultimate Fighting Championship, in a 12-round contest under boxing rules on August 26.
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LAS VEGAS - A ruthless Floyd Mayweather scored a 10th round technical knockout over mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor on Saturday (Aug 26, US time), cementing his legacy as one of boxing's all-time greats.

McGregor, making his professional boxing debut, had boasted he would knock out the 40-year-old American early but his lack of ring savvy betrayed him as Mayweather improved to 50-0 to surpass heavyweight great Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record for most wins without a loss or draw.

Whether the megafight will be the richest of all-time, as promoters predicted, is still to be determined but Mayweather left no doubt of his place in the pantheon of boxing greats in what he said was his last fight.

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather beats Conor McGregor with TKO in 10th round, retires with 50-0 career record

As promised, McGregor came out full of fury and menace but Mayweather, long regarded as the finest defensive fighter to step into the ring, left few openings and used the first three rounds to feel out his opponent.

By the fourth round Mayweather went on the attack and started landing blow after blow against a suddenly desperate McGregor who was bravely hanging on while clutching and grabbing the American.

In the 10th, Mayweather moved in for kill pinning a visibly fatigued McGregor against the ropes and landing a flurry of punches when the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

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