In his professional debut, the two-weight UFC champion lasted ten rounds with the future boxing Hall of Famer before being stopped standing.
McGregor landed a much higher than expected number of shots at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, especially in the first three or so rounds as Mayweather sought to size up the unorthodox Irishman.
Across his 28 minutes of action McGregor landed 111 of 430 punches, a connection rate of 26%. Mayweather on the other hand landed 170 of 320 shots, a rate of 53%.
Breaking it down, Mayweather landed 27 of 98 jabs, and 84 of 332 power punches, while Mayweather popped home 18 of 59 jabs and 152 of 261 power punches.
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Evidencing his quiet start, Mayweather threw just six punches in the first, ten in the second, and twelve in the third. The five-weight champ would, of course, ratchet it up, and landed 20 of 26 power shots in the opening minute of the tenth round to ensure that the fight was waved off.
The stats compare favourably with some of Mayweather’s previous opponents.
In Mayweather’s most recent fight, almost two years ago, Andre Berto managed to land 83 of 495 punches (16%).
In Mayweather’s previous record-grossing fight against Manny Pacquiao, which he won on the scorecards, the Filipino landed 81 of 429 punches (19%). This was comprised of 18 of 193 jabs and 63 of 236 power shots.
The last fighter to land more than McGregor was Argentine Marcos Maidana. In his first fight with Mayweather, Chino landed 221 of 858 shots in a marauding display, with the South American scoring 36 of 318 jabs and 185 of 540 power shots. In the rematch Maidana landed 128 of 572 shots, broken down as 41 of 23 jabs and 87 of 335 power shots.
When Mayweather fought Canelo Alvarez in 2013, perhaps the most comparable size disparity to last night’s clash, the Mexican landed 117 of 526 shots. Of this, Canelo found the target with 44 of 294 jabs and 73 of 232 power shots.
Indeed going back over the last decade, few have landed more than the Crumlin fighter’s 111, with Robert Guerrero hitting home with 113 of 581, Miguel Cotto scoring 105 of 506, Victor Ortiz managing 26 of 148, Shane Mosley landing 92 of 452, Juan Manuel Marquez finding the target with 69 of 583, Ricky Hatton managing 63 of 372, and Oscar De La Hoya landing 122 of 587 in his encounter with Mayweather over ten years ago.