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Floyd Mayweather has won what was [bailed / billed] as the fight of the century, and the richest fight in boxing history. Mayweather took home a [staggering / swaggering] $100 million for [defeats / defeating] Conor McGregor in 10 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday. Thousands of [spectators / spectacles] paid tens of thousands of dollars for [ringside / ring] seats. Millions more around the world [turned / tuned] in on pay-per-view streaming sites. Boxing purists derided the fight as a circus [event / eventual] and a mismatch. It pitched Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters in boxing history, who had never [been / being] defeated or even knocked down, against McGregor - a mixed martial arts fighter in his first ever [professionally / professional] boxing match. But the [hyper / hype] surrounding it made it a huge spectacle.

Mayweather, 40, entered the ring [was / as] the heavy favourite, even though he [retired / retried] two years ago. His boxing record was 49 wins ([inclusive / including] 26 knockouts) and no defeats. McGregor, 29, is the [reigning / raining] Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight world champion. Mayweather's [victory / victorious] came early in the 10th round. The referee dived in to save McGregor from [many / any] more punishment from Mayweather's [flurries / furies] of punches. Victory means Mayweather has 50 wins and no defeats, to [hedge / edge] ahead of the legendary Rocky Marciano, who retired with a 49-0 record. McGregor gave a [gusty / gutsy] and spirited performance, but in the end, Mayweather's vast experience and superior [technique / technical] came through.

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