As it happened: Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Conor McGregor

5:20 pm: Thanks for tuning in for our live updates of tonight's event. For a recap of the fight, click here.

5:05 pm: Conor: I thought it was close. It's fatigue that's why I thought the ref would let it go. let me go.

Will you box again: "I don't know, I've got two belts to defend."

5:02 pm: McGregor: "I took the early rounds. I've got to give him respect, fair play to him."

"I thought it was close and I thought the stoppage was a little early. He should've let me keep going but fair play to him. I was just fatigued. 

Floyd Mayweather celebrates his win.
Floyd Mayweather celebrates his win. Photo credit: Getty Images

5:01 pm: Floyd: "This was my last fight tonight, for sure. 

"I chose the right dance partner to dance with. McGregor's you're a helluva champion."

4:59 pm: Floyd: "I guaranteed everyone that this fight would not go the distance. Boxing's a helluva sport, MMA's a helluva sport.

"A win is a win, no matter how you get it.

"Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going down in the Hall of Fame."

4:56 pm: The two embrace in the middle of the ring.

McGregor: "Respect"

Mayweather: "You're a tough man."

Both fighters embrace after the bout.
Both fighters embrace after the bout. Photo credit: Getty Images

4:53 pm: TKO win for Floyd Mayweather who is now 50-0. He lost the early rounds but used his experience and broke down a fatigue McGregor to claim victory. 

ROUND 10: Both fighters start the round with a hug of some sorts. Floyd lands three powerful punches and gets Conor on the ropes. Now the referee stops the fight!

It is all over!!! Floyd wins.  

ROUND 9: Conor McGregor comes out swinging in the round and traps Floyd in the corner and the referee stops and has a word to the UFC star. Now Floyd comes back with a few punches but they don't land. 

Now Mayweather traps Conor in the corner as he looks up at the clock and now Floyd senses the Irishman is fatigued as he continues to go backwards. 

He looks really gassed and Floyd knows it as he will look to go for the kill. Floyd wins the round and now the fight is his to his to lose. 

Don't be surprised if Floyd wins by KO next round. 

ROUND 8: Mayweather is swinging more and more and we are seeing McGregor moving to the ropes more. It is like a different Conor McGregor is out in the ring right now. Not the same fighter he was earlier.

He really needs to find that late burst of energy otherwise this will look quite one sided. The round ends with both fighters tangled up. 

That was another Floyd round. 

As it happened: Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Conor McGregor
Photo credit: Getty Images

ROUND 7: Floyd is starting to block more shots but Conor keeps throwing. 
Now Mayweather lands a couple of strong punches and I think Conor felt them. He is starting to dominate the fight. 

The round ends and that goes to Floyd now. As McGregor continues to tire, Floyd steps it up a notch each round. 

ROUND 6: Floyd turns his back and Conor hits him in the back of the head and the ref allows McGregor to keep going.  Mayweather is starting to find his rhythm but Conor is being more aggressive. 

The fighters are staying in the middle of the ring more as they get tangled up again. 
McGregor is starting to look tired. 

The round ends with Conor connecting on a couple of punches. I think that round also goes to Floyd. 

ROUND 5: Both fighters are getting tangled early in the round but they just want to get on with it. Conor is holding his own in the round as both continue to get tangled up.

Now McGregor is on the ropes and throws a couple of good punches and now he is swinging more, but they get tangled once more and Mayweather is angry. 

At the end of the round, there was a shove by the ref on Floyd. hard to score that round. I'd give that to Floyd. 

Floyd Mayweather is on the ropes.
Floyd Mayweather is on the ropes. Photo credit: Getty Images

ROUND 4: Floyd goes straight back to the ropes and McGregor lands some good punches. McGregor lands another strong punch and Floyd comes back with some powerful punches of his own.

Both fighters in the middle of the ring and Floyd continues to block and dodge. The round ends with both fighters trading blows. Floyd might have won that round. 

ROUND 3: Floyd goes back the same corner and McGregor throws more punches and is pinned for hitting the back of the head, but still, no point has been deducted.

McGregor hits the top of the head once more, but the refs told Mayweather to keep the head up. The Irishman continues to land some punches but Floyd still looks calm and composed while McGregor looks angry. 

The third round is over and that one I think will go down as an even round. 

Floyd Mayweather dodges a Conor McGregor punch.
Floyd Mayweather dodges a Conor McGregor punch. Photo credit: Getty Images

ROUND 2: Back underway in Las Vegas. McGregor struts around the ring to start and Floy is back on the ropes on the corner and then the Irishman gets told about hitting the back of the head. Mayweather now throwing some punches but is looking cautious. McGregor remains to be the aggressor and lands a good one on, Mr unbeaten. 

McGregor keeps grabbing Floyd and holding him. Both fighters finish the round in the middle of the ring and McGregor wins that round I believe.

ROUND 1: Here we go! Floyd goes straight to the ropes and McGregor starts swinging. The Irishman is the one doing all the moving to start as Floyd just blocks. Now McGregor puts his hands behind his back and he is the aggressor early in the bout. 

Both fighters are now in the centre of the ring and both are throwing the odd punch. and throwing fakes ones too and that ends the first and that round goes to the Irishman. 

4:12 pm: Mixed response for Mayweather. 

4:11 pm: The crowd loves McGregor, but he is looking nervous. 

4:10 pm: Moments away now. This will be electric! 

4:08 pm: Not a big cheer from the crowd for the man who is 49-0. He still has his balaclava on. I wonder if he will fight with it on? 

4:07 pm: Mayweather comes out with a balaclava on his face. He looks like he is going to rob somebody, or mug somebody. Or is it a gimp suit? 

4:06 pm: The Irishman gets some cheers and some boos. He holds his hands to the sky and looks confident as he does his strut around the ring. 

4:05 pm: Conor McGregor is making his way out to the ring. 

4:02 pm: Both fighters look ready to go. The anthems are done. Should not be long now. 

3:58 pm: It is time for the national anthems. 

Conor McGregor warms up in his locker room.
Conor McGregor warms up in his locker room. Photo credit: Getty Images

3:49 pm: There will be a delay but not a long one. 

3:44 pm: Conor McGregor puts Floyd Mayweather's predictions to shame at superfight weigh-in

3:41 pm: We are hearing that there will be a delay due to online streams being down.

3:38 pm: Francisco Fonseca goes down and it is all over. Gervonta Davis with the win in the eighth round. They say it is a win by KO.

Francisco Fonseca attempts to hit  Gervonta Davis.
Francisco Fonseca attempts to hit Gervonta Davis. Photo credit: Getty Images

3:31 pm: Six down and six to go between Gervonta Davis and Francisco Fonseca. At this stage, the main event might start slightly after 4 pm. But we will keep you updates.  

3:24 pm: The ref has told Davis to knock off the fun and games and actually box. 

3:20 pm: Round 4 is underway. Gervonta Davis is dancing around the ring by putting his hands behind his back. The crowd is getting more vocal.  

Mike Tyson.
Mike Tyson. Photo credit: Getty Images

3:07 pm: The final undercard is underway. Gervonta Davis vs Francisco Fonseca. 

3:03 pm: Opinion: Why and how Conor McGregor can shock the sporting world and beat Floyd Mayweather

3:01 pm: One hour to go! We are hearing Conor McGregor has put on around 8Kgs after yesterday's weigh-in. Both are getting their strapping done as we speak.

Badou Jack with the titles he won.
Badou Jack with the titles he won. Photo credit: Getty Images

2:55 pm: LeBron James and Mike Tyson have been spotted in the arena. I'd hate to be the man sitting behind LeBron! 

2:54 pm: The arena is starting to fill up in Las Vegas but still plenty of empty seats. 

2:49 pm: Kiwi world champion Joseph Parker meets with Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas

2:42 pm: The last undercard before the main event is a Junior lightweight battle between Gervonta Davis and Francisco Fonseca.  

2:38 pm: Badou Jack is the new light heavyweight champion of the world. 

2:36 pm: Badou Jack wins by TKO. Jack held his own and landed a number o great punches which troubled Nathan Cleverly and with seconds to go in the fifth, the fight is stopped.

Conor McGregor arrives at T-Mobile Arena.
Conor McGregor arrives at T-Mobile Arena. Photo credit: Getty Images
Nathan Cleverly punches Badou Jack.
Nathan Cleverly punches Badou Jack. Photo credit: Getty Images

2:29 pm: Three rounds down between Nathan Cleverly and Badou Jack. 

2:17 pm: The second undercard has started. This one is scheduled to go 12 rounds

2:14 pm: Both Badou Jack and Nathan Cleverly are both in the ring. This fight will start shortly. 

2:08 pm: Ozzy and Sharon Osborne have been spotted in the area. Other people spotted at the arena include Bruce Willis and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr arrives at T-Mobile Arena.
Floyd Mayweather Jr arrives at T-Mobile Arena. Photo credit: Getty Images
All aboard the 'Crazy Train'.
All aboard the 'Crazy Train'. Photo credit: Getty Images

2:03 pm: The main event is expected to start at 4 pm NZT. The next undercard is a 12-round bout between Nathan Cleverly and Badou Jack.  

2:00 pm: Andrew Tabiti defeats 41-year-old Steve Cunningham via unanimous decision. He wins the USBA cruiserweight title. Two more undercards to go before the main event. 

1:53 pm: The last round is underway. 

1:51 pm: Manny Pacquiao took a swipe at Floyd Mayweather earlier in the day! 

1:45 pm: Respected MMA journalist John Morgan believes the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor fight has reached Superbowl levels in terms of national interest.

1:40 pm: Six rounds down and four more to go between Andrew Tabiti vs Steve Cunningham. Tabiti looks like he will win at the end of 10 rounds.    

1:37 pm: Floyd Mayweather Jr has just arrived at the arena. Along with UFC President
 Dana White

Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. in the ring for his boxer Andrew Tabiti.
Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. in the ring for his boxer Andrew Tabiti. Photo credit: Getty Images

1:29 pm: Three rounds down betwen Tabiti and Cunningham. Fairly quiet fight so far. Floyd Mayweather Sr is is Tabiti's corner. 

1:18 pm: This is scheduled to be a 10 round bout. 

1:14 pm: The first bout on the main undercard is a Cruiserweight clash
 between Andrew Tabiti and Steve Cunningham. This will be getting underway shortly. 

1:05 pm: The stadium was empty moments ago but people are starting to make their way into T-Mobile Arena. 

Thomas Dulorme punches Yordenis Ugas.
Thomas Dulorme punches Yordenis Ugas. Photo credit: Getty Images
Sydney LeBlanc against Savannah Marshall
Sydney LeBlanc against Savannah Marshall Photo credit: Getty Images

1:00 pm: All the prelim bouts have been complete.

Savannah Marshall, Antonia Hernandes, Juan Heraldez and Yordenis Ugás  all won via unanimous decision against Sydney LeBlance, Kevin Newman, Jose Miguel Borrego and Thomas Dulorme respectively.

Juan Heraldez puches Jose Miguel Borrego.
Juan Heraldez puches Jose Miguel Borrego. Photo credit: Getty Images

1:00 pm: Thanks for tuning into our live coverage of the boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor ain Las Vegas. 

Hello and welcome to live updates of the most hyped boxing bout in the sports history as Floyd Mayweather jr squares off against Conor McGregor at  T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Commentary will start from around 1:00pm (NZT). We will be keeping you up to date with all the under card fights and then round by round updates of the main event.  

Check out the video above for a reacp of yesterday's weigh-in. 

The main event is set to start at 4 pm NZT. 

Fighter Statistics

Floyd Mayweather Jr

  • Height: 173cm
  • Reach: 183cm
  • Weight: 70kg
  • Boxing record: 49 win, 0 losses, 26 wins by KO

Conor McGregor

  • Height: 175cm
  • Reach: 188cm
  • Weight: 70kg
  • MMA record: 21 wins, 3 losses, 18 wins by KO

Fight Card

Gervonta Davis vs Francisco Fonseca

Nathan Cleverly vs Badou Jack

Andrew Tabiti vs Steve Cunningham

Shawn Porter vs Thomas Dulorme

Juan Heraldez vs Jose Miguel Borrego

Kevin Newman vs Mark Anthony Hernandez

Savannah Marshall vs Amy Coleman

Betting odds

Head to head:  Mayweather $1.22 McGregor $4.00 Draw $34.00

Method of victory KO/TKO: Mayweather $1.70 McGregor $4.00

Method of victory Decision: Mayweather 3.40 McGregor $26.00

Prefight banter: Newshub sport Roundtable: Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather - who wins?

Brad Lewis - Newshub sport digital producer

The amount of dribble I have heard out of the un-educated and quite frankly naïve since this fight was made has been mind-numbing.

Can McGregor win? Yes - Will he win? Probably not.

But the notion that Mayweather is fighting some homeless bum walking off the street, who has never thrown a punch in his life is insulting to not only McGregor, but also the intelligence of any pure fight fan.

The Irish native has made life changing money knocking people out with his hands, while this rhetoric that the man can't punch it total bull sh*t.

However hitting Mayweather is a whole new ball game and I fear McGregor will find that out fairly quickly - that is, if 'Money' fights his usual boring, but clinical and highly technical style.

The big question for me lies in Mayweather's comments that he wants to make up to the fans for the lacklustre fight with Manny Pacquiao.

If Mayweather is stupid enough to engage with McGregor in anything other than his usual, effective style then the Notorious One has a 50/50 chance.

He has knocked out the two best featherweights in the UFC and won the lightweight title off a guy who never gets knocked out in Eddie Alvarez.

He separates men from their consciousness; and make no mistake about it, he can do the same thing to the undefeated Mayweather.

I don't see it happening though. Floyd wins by stoppage in the 10th after McGregor empties his gas tank.

Stephen Foote - Newshub sport digital producer

As I covered in nauseating detail here, the fight itself is going to be won or lost in the early going, between the first and the fourth rounds.

It's in this period where Conor McGregor will be at his freshest, most explosive, most powerful, and perhaps most critically his least predictable.

While his unorthodox style will be unlike anything Floyd Mayweather will have ever encountered, the deeper the fight goes the greater the chance that the American, the most prodigious defensive boxer in history, will have to make his read and adjust. And he will adjust.

There's no chance that Mayweather will be able to force a knock-out against McGregor's iron chin, which has eaten plenty of shins in its time.

Conversely, if McGregor hasn't lanced a contest-ending left-hand hammer before the fifth round, at the very latest, the tactical nouse of Mayweather will likely prove too much to overcome and he could be in for a long and fruitless contest.

Mayweather by unanimous decision.

Andrew Gourdie - Newshub sport presenter and reporter

Mayweather and McGregor will spend the first round barking at each other like a pair of Jack Russells arguing over a schmacko, before the referee is forced to remind both of them that the press tour is over and this is, in fact, the real deal.

Rounds two to ten will see very little boxing as Mayweather skips backwards around the ring while McGregor stands in the middle laughing his iconic laugh and yelling "come and get me b*tch!!!!".

Sensing restlessness among the crowd who've paid good money to watch the show, McGregor eventually engages in the eleventh round, and connects with a knee which sees him docked two points.

Mike Tyson stands and applauds the gesture, before grabbing a microphone to announce that if someone doesn't win the fight, he will eat the first-born child of both fighters.

In the final round, Hulk Hogan will slide into the ring and Leg Drop both fighters, leaving them stunned and twitching on the canvas.

With 60 seconds left in the fight, both Mayweather and McGregor stagger to their feet, before Muhammed Ali throws a bolt of lightening in disgust to the middle of the ring, which will simultaneously knock out both fighters.

The whole incident leaves gobsmacked fans in T-Mobile Arena begging the pair to take their money for Mayweather McGregor II.

Ross Karl - Newshub sport rugby editor

I've never watched a fight where I've wanted to see both fighters on the canvas so badly. They're both so unlikable.

Unfortunately, if McGregor doesn't put Mayweather down in the first three rounds there'll be no knockouts. He needs to capitalise on his unorthodox style early. The videos I've seen of his ring-work are bizarre, with very strange boxing technique.

Mayweather will figure him out by the fourth and from there he'll outpoint him.

Ravinder Hunia - Newshub sport reporter

Although from two different codes, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are very similar in fighting nature.

Both patient, never striking without purpose and you also see both fighters use their range to control the space - never forcing a movement.

McGregor's confidence, I feel is one of his greatest tools. He believes he's the best and performs like it every time. A natural striker he has shown his ability to knock out opponents by moving his head off centre to set up a devastating left hook on more than one occasion.

You can't look past Mayweather's ring control though, even from the outside. His ability to read an opponent - to hit and not be hit is his finest work of art.

His head is always moving, his feet are always stepping, his lighting quick jab to gauge range backed up with an uppercut or hook, double left hook  I hope McGregor has practiced keeping his guard up.

I'm backing Mayweather. Coming from MMA to boxing is a whole new ball game.

Mayweather has been out for a while but he will be fine tuning while McGregor re-adjusts the fundamentals of stance, movement, punches and guards that are unfamiliar to him.

Paul Van Der Werff - AM Show producer

Conor McGregor goes into his pro-boxing debut in a win - win situation. Lose, as many think he will, and he still walks away with US$100 million odd in his pocket.

Win, and go down in history as the only guy who could ever beat Floyd Mayweather.

On the other hand, Mayweather is fully expected to deliver a boxing lesson to the UFC star, and rack up his 50th straight career victory in the process.

Floyd will look to toy with Conor, like a cat does with a mouse, playing with it for as long as it can, before death invariably comes. 

If The Notorious wants to avoid the possibility of being made to look like a fool over 12 rounds, he needs to be aggressive from the opening bell and look to put Mayweather away early.

As he proved against Jose Aldo, when he connects his punches cleanly, he can knock you out in seconds. 

But many will see the safe bet as Mayweather winning by decision, especially when you consider that's how his last 7 fights have ended. He won't care how he wins, just that he does.

I'm hoping McGregor can somehow cause an upset and if that happens, then the only ones who really stand to lose out are the bookies.

Dave Campbell - Radio Live executive producer for sport

There can be only winner here -- Money Mayweather. The same goes for Connor McGregor inside the octagon, though probably more emphatically so.

The longer the circus has gone, the more certain I have become that Floyd will knock his Irish ass out inside three rounds.

Ross McNaughton - Newshub sport producer

The fight is a mismatch and a farce, but that won't stop me from tuning in. McGregor will lose and lose badly.

The Irishman may be younger, bigger, and stronger than Mayweather, but he won't be able to consistently land punches.

McGregor's only chance is to chase the knock out, but I can't see him laying a glove on arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all time.

I'm expecting Mayweather to win by a lopsided points decision, although I wouldn't be surprised by a late stoppage.

Mayweather doesn't have the power for a straight KO, but I could see him stopping McGregor through the sheer accumulation of punches.