inf0 - It was obvious the smart gameplan was let Conor punch himself in this fight.
If we saw him against a boxer that wasn't retired and that can punch? He wouldn't last a round.
Nothing has changed.
Mayweather can't punch? I mean I get taking it to the delusional Conor fans but don't be delusional yourself. Conor landed clean shots early on. Zab did the same to Mayweather only much better. Difference is that people expected for Zab to be able to do that and not McGregor.
You're kidding yourself if you don't think Conor's showing was a big deal.
If ggg or canelo fought that Conner tonight he would have been slept in the first. Floyd had never been a power puncher. Did you even see the fight it looked like a pro trying to walk a child to his first day of school
Wouldn't last 2 minutes with a Boxer in their world? Those days are gone.
Ok, so Conor lost, but to see MMA evolve to a point where one of it's top fighters can hold his own is a great achievement for this sport.
Imagine Royce vs James Toney or RJJ in '93 under Boxing rules? He wouldn't have lasted two rounds.
Fair play to Conor, he's the man.
Roy Jones Jr and James Tony had real KO power, Mayweather isn't known as a power puncher. I would like to see how McGregor would hold up against Canelo or GGG, that would be a closer analogy to your OP.