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McGregor on Mayweather after fight: ‘I turned him into a Mexican tonight’

Conor McGregor

At long last, the epic fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is in the books. It was fun while it lasted.

The fight ended as expected, with Mayweather defeating McGregor via technical knockout. McGregor performed better than expected, though, and even claimed a few early rounds.

There’s a case to made that the fight should not have been stopped when it was. Based on social media response, he earned the respect of many viewers.

Though McGregor took a loss, he didn’t lose his personality. The Irish mixed martial artist still had something controversial to say after the fight.

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Floyd Mayweather defeats Conor McGregor with 10th-round knockout

Floyd Mayweather is a boxing legend, and he entered his fight against Conor McGregor with a 49-0 professional boxing record. Naturally, Mayweather was the heavy favorite in his bout with McGregor, who had never competed in a professional boxing match.

Though McGregor performed better than many expected, Mayweather pulled away as the fight went on, and he claimed victory with a technical knockout in round 10.

McGregor looked gassed in the later rounds, and Mayweather really took over in rounds nine and 10, as it became evident it was not a matter of if but when Mayweather would knock McGregor out. After forcing the tired UFC star to the middle of the ring to fight, Mayweather got McGregor’s back against the ropes before knocking him out.

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Showtime delays main event due to pay-per-view issues

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight was expected to get underway shortly after 11 p.m. EST Saturday. It was expected that the undercard would take a good chunk of time — but no one expected quite the delay that’s unfolded.

Showtime, the official television broadcaster, has pushed back the start of the main event following outages and other streaming service issues.

Reporters in Las Vegas stated they’ve been told the fighters will come out to the ring at approximately 12:15 a.m. EST, with the fight beginning shortly thereafter.

Viewers have voiced their complaints with broadcasters on social media. Many people who paid for the fight have not been able to view it. UFC Fight Pass in particular, which offered a package for $100, has drawn the wrath of viewers.

Sports celebrities flock to Mayweather-McGregor fight

LeBron James

Twitter lit up as LeBron James arrived at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

However, King James was far from the only big-name sports figure to attend to fight. Many of the biggest celebrities in the sports world showed up. It was like a second ESPYs.

LeBron’s teammate J.R. Smith:

#JustUs

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Alex Rodriguez, Robert Kraft and Jennifer Lopez:

Knicks owner James Dolan:

Boxing legend Mike Tyson:

WWE’s Enzo Amore:

We both got @floydmayweather tonight ?

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These are just a few of the celebrities who packed the T-Mobile Center. Others: Matt Damon, Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven, Ben Stiller, Drake, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ozzy Osbourne and family, Demi Lovato, Cal Ripken Jr. and Boomer Esiason.

Angry Mayweather-McGregor viewers voice complaints over streaming service failures

Floyd Mayweather conor Mcgregor

With an event as big as the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, you’d expect every entity involved — especially the broadcasters — to be on its A game. Months of preparation were poured into this fight.

As the undercard began and proceeded, however, it became clear there were quite a few angry viewers out there. ESPN is reporting the fight has been delayed to account for broadcasting issues.

UFC Fight Pass caught the most heat. The streaming service, which cost $100, was overloaded. It couldn’t handle the influx, and many viewers were blocked from watching the fights.

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Oregon State fumbles after using Crying Jordan card to signal play

The Crying Jordan meme lives in internet infamy. The meme — which sprung from Michael Jordan’s tears during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in Sept. 2009 — still frequently pops up on Twitter.

It’s used to denote, well, someone who is sad or has just taken a loss. To wit: regardless of whether Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor loses tonight, you can rest assured the losing party will having Crying Jordan’s face Photoshopped over his own.

The meme has reached the point of such popularity that Saturday it popped up on an NCAA football play call card. The cards use images like hieroglyphics to send play calls into the players on the field. It’s a simple way to communicate non-verbally.

In perfect poetic justice, Oregon State fumbled on the play in which it used the Crying Jordan card.

Quarterback Jake Luton hit tight end Noah Togiai on the play, but Colorado State forced a fumble. Though it was a 24-20 game at halftime, Colorado State pulled away in the second half to win 58-27.

Multiple bettors have wagered at least $1 million on Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather money

As the Mayweather-McGregor fight fast approaches, one of the more interesting narratives to follow is the betting trends. On Saturday the odds shifted — first Mayweather was a heavy favorite, then an influx of bets were placed on McGregor and the odds shrunk.

The odds have changed dramatically since news of the fight first surfaced.

Though the majority of bets have been placed on McGregor, the biggest wagers have been placed on Mayweather. Saturday, one bettor placed a $1 million bet on Mayweather at a Las Vegas casino — in cash.

The bet was placed at -500, which would net him/her $200,000 if Mayweather were to win. This wasn’t the first wager of its kind. In fact, two other bettors are known to have wagered at least $1 million on Floyd.

According to Sports Illustrated, one gambler wagered $1 million at -550 odds at the MGM sports book, and another wagered $1.2 million at -500 at William Hill.

The fight is expected to begin around 11:15 p.m. EST.

Bucs defensive end sports cleats bearing faces of Mayweather, McGregor

There is a full slate of preseason NFL games airing Saturday night, but the football action is only a precursor to the night’s main event: the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor showdown. Tampa Bay defensive end George Johnson knows as much.

Johnson was probably anxious for his team’s week three game against Cleveland to wrap up so he could tune into the fight. Johnson sported cleats bearing the faces of Mayweather and McGregor during warm-ups Saturday. The cleats were remarkably lifelike.

The cleats were designed and created by artist Jason Hullfish.

Johnson foresees Mayweather winning the fight.

“Floyd by unanimous decision,” Johnson told ESPN. “He will knock down Conor early in the fight.”

Mayweather says Tom Brady texted him day before fight

Tom Brady

The sports world will tonight have its eyes glued to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas — professional athletes included.

You can expect Tom Brady to tune in. According to Mayweather, Brady texted the veteran boxer Friday.

“He’s a great guy,” Mayweather told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. “He actually texted me yesterday…We have a cool friendship. He texted and asked me, ‘How’s everything going?’ And I texted him back, ‘Everything is cool. How are you doing? How’s the family?’ He said, ‘Everything is going A-OK.'”

Mayweather reiterated something he’s said before: that he and Brady are close friends.

“That’s a close friend of mine,” Mayweather said. “Tom Brady’s a very, very close friend. An unbelievable guy with unbelievable talent.”

In the same interview, Mayweather said he elected to fight with 8-ounce gloves (which are closer to the UFC standard of 4-ounce gloves) to give fans more excitement and make McGregor more comfortable.

Traditionally, fights at the 154-pound weight class require 10-ounce gloves, but the Nevada Athletic Commission made a one-time exception to its rule after the fighters submitted a formal request.

Tyrod Taylor knocked out of preseason game with concussion

Tyrod Taylor

Some disgruntled Bills fans have been calling for the team to start rookie Nathan Peterman, a fifth-round pick from Pittsburgh, at quarterback. Peterman has turned heads in the preseason, but for now the top spot appears firmly in Tyrod Taylor’s hands.

Taylor, however, was knocked out of Buffalo’s preseason game against Baltimore Saturday with a concussion. He took the hit from Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon on Buffalo’s second offensive series. See video of the third-down play below.

Peterman stepped in to replace Taylor. Taylor, the former Virginia Tech standout, finished the game 1 for 3 for 1 yard in his return to Baltimore.

This is the latest in a string this weekend of key contributors getting hurt. The Patriots’ Julian Edelman and Chiefs’ Spencer Ware both suffered knee injuries Friday.