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Mayweather: I owed the fans after Pacquiao fight

Mayweather: I owed the fans after Pacquiao fight
By Marcus Foley via Reuters

27/08/2017 at 06:52Updated 27/08/2017 at 11:23

Floyd Mayweather said he owed the fans one last big fight after the Manny Pacquiao superfight underwhelmed as he confirmed his retirement following his TKO win over Conor McGregor.

Mayweather beat a tiring Conor McGregor by way of technical knockout in the 10th round of their much-hyped megafight on Saturday to keep his perfect record intact but praised his opponent post-match.

"He (McGregor) is a tough competitor and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I owed them for the Pacquiao fight," Mayweather said post-fight.

" He's a lot better than I thought he was. He was a tough competitor but I was the better man tonight."

"Our game plan was to take our time, let him shoot his heavy shots early and take him down at the end.

"We know that in the MMA he fights 25 minutes real hard. After 25 minutes (tonight) he started to slow down.

Mayweather, who came out of retirement at 40 for the fight, improved to 50-0 to surpass heavyweight great Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record for most wins without a loss or draw also confirmed the bout would be his last.

"This was my last fight tonight, ladies and gentleman. Tonight was my last fight for sure.

"Tonight, I chose the right dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you're a hell of a champion.

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.