Despite expectations, McGregor didn't embarrass himself, in fact gave a good accounting of himself considering it was his first professional boxing match. And Mayweather fought a smart fight, playing defense in the early rounds and letting McGregor tire himself out, then came on strong in the later rounds.
There was always something a little ridiculous about a long time boxing champion fighting an MMA guy in a boxing match. There's no doubt McGregor would beat Mayweather in a real fight, and there was little doubt Mayweather would prevail in a boxing match.
McGregor always had a puncher's chance, though. And that chance increased because he was 10 or 15 pounds heavier than Mayweather when they entered the ring, and 12 years younger. Still, it was Mayweather's sport.
Maybe next we can showcase Lebron James and Michael Phelps in a 200 meter butterfly to find out who the better athlete is.
From what I saw, the rooting pretty much fell along racial lines. And in keeping with the times, it was fairly nakedly so. Blacks have always rooted volubly for their own; whites, other than celebs speaking publicly, are now starting to do the same.
It wasn't as if anyone could use the excuse that he was rooting for his guy because the other guy was so loud, cocky, vulgar, and arrogant.
Both men were pretty much the definition of that.
But their cockiness drummed up more interest in the fight than it deserved. (People always want to see a braggart get his comeuppance.) And, for that reason, it was pretty obviously somewhat calculated.
Not that either guy had to step entirely out of character to act that way.
Both guys got what they wanted, a ton of money. Despite the $400 million or so that Mayweather has earned for his last two fights, though, it still wouldn't be surprising to see him with money problems in a few years.
Nothing quite says "future bankruptcy" like sixteen Rolls-Royces, two Ferraris, three Bugattis, a Lamborghini, a McLaren, and a huge entourage.
But, who knows, maybe the line of gyms Mayweather is starting will be a financial success.
McGregor, if he wasn't a household name before, is one now. He won't be able to get the same kind of money for his UFC fights. But he may not have to; he's about to start marketing Notorious Irish Whiskey.
The good news for the public is that despite the fact that this fight should have been a ridiculous mismatch, those who paid a hundred dollars to watch it on pay-per-view didn't end up feeling ripped off.
Update: For anyone who's interested, the fight is actually on Youtube at the moment (Sunday morning at 9:20AM, though it will undoubtedly be taken down shortly):