Pay-per-view problems delay start of Mayweather-McGregor match


Floyd Mayweather stayed true to his word and finished Conor McGregor.
Starting ‘The Money Fight’ off slow, Mayweather improved to an unprecedented 50-0, finishing McGregor via TKO at 1:05 in the tenth round after referee Robert Byrd had seen enough.
The tenth frame began with the fans already on their feet, sensing a finish may come soon. Mayweather raced out and backed McGregor down, rocking the Irishman with a stiff one-two combo that visibly rocked the “Notorious.”
From there “Money” poured on the offense. McGregor had no answer for the mounting head shots that landed with continuous ease after every passing round.
“I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance,” commented Mayweather. “He’s a lot better than I thought he was he used a lot of angles … that was our game plan was to take our time … let him shoot all his heavy shots early.”
Early in the bout, McGregor stayed true to the form that propelled him up the mixed martial arts ladder and into the biggest boxing match in history. From the opening bell, McGregor rushed to the center of the ring in an orthodox stance, unfamiliar territory for a man known for his powerful left hand.
Reverting back to his normal southpaw style, McGregor landed enough shots to take a close first round.
In the second round, McGregor was warned by referee Byrd for punching near the back of the head, but managed to land punches. Mayweather in turn damaged the body, but McGregor used a series of holds to slow “Money” and connect on short shots inside.
The third frame also belonged to McGregor, who pressed forward, backing Mayweather against the ropes. Head movement helped “Money” out of a tight bind on more than one occasion, but then things started to get chippy, with both fighters using dirty tactics.
In the frame, McGregor landed a head-snapping jabs to the head and body, while Mayweather, evading like a toreador, mainly worked the body.
After the third, Mayweather slowly and steadily found his form as the punch count mounted. He took the fourth despite eating a solid McGregor left hand, and Mayweather edged out a close fifth frame, landing a crisp left hand over the top.
Bad blood spilled over after the bell, when Mayweather shoved McGregor when the round was done. Referee Byrd was a constant presence throughout the bout, repeatedly warning both fighters, especially McGregor, who was making his professional boxing debut.
From then on it was all Mayweather who did the majority of his damage in the ninth, as conditioning and experience came into play.
With McGregor visibly gassed, Mayweather was able to force the tired Irishman to backpedal. Although McGregor claims it’s just how he fights.
Taking some issue with the referee stoppage, McGregor commented:
“He should’ve let me go, but fair play to him … I get like that when I’m tired. I get a little wobbly and floaty.”
McGregor, who claimed that he intends to return to the UFC, also commented on Mayweather, stating that the former five-division world champion is “not that fast. He’s not that powerful, but boy he’s composed in there.”
The result concludes one of the most exciting buildups in boxing history. It is also the end of the road for Mayweather, who retired, effective immediately.
Problems with the pay-per-view system were delaying the much anticipated match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on Saturday night, ESPN reported.
"Due to the overwhelming demand, capacity of cable systems around country are being overwhelmed. They are shutting down and rebooting some of these cable systems," Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza told ESPN.
High profile complaints: Among those complaining on Twitter was ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, who launched a tirade on Twitter lambasting his service provider, Frontier.
Why it matters: Millions of households forked over $100 apiece to watch the fight using UFC Pass; Much of that revenue is due to the two participants. ESPN notes that PPV issues also delated the start of Mayweather's 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
As if the fight wasn't already super enough. 
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is doing the intro voiceover for the super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on Saturday night. 
The actor and former professional wrestler made the announcement via social media hours before the fight in Las Vegas. 
"I connected with my boy Conor this week," Johnson said. "His intentions go far beyond his extraordinary skill. Like Mayweather, not only does he want to put on an epic performance for the world, but there's a real visceral, raw, warrior mana (spirit) that he has in his blood."
He continued, "There's only one way you gain respect... by earning it. Let's get after it boys and may the best man win. #MayweatherMcGregor #TheWorldIsWatching #WarriorMana TONIGHT."
Mayweather, who, should he win, be a perfect 50-0 in his professional career, is the odds-on favorite to defeat McGregor, who became a household name through his MMA career. 
Johnson is repped by WME, the agency which owns the UFC.
The evening's events begin at 6 p.m., live on Pay-Per-View. 
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