Judo Throws Arouse Me
While I believe you are right...here's the thing.The only reason conor had any success is because floyd was letting him swing himself to death. if you don't believe it, watch the fight again. at the end of ROUND 2. Conor is sitting at his corner, heaving his chest to get air, with ice bags front and back with his crew telling him how great he's doing. Floyd is in his corner, nobody touching him, he's barely sweating, and he's not even breathing hard.
1. Floyd planned to end it in the 6th and it went to the 10th. So in that regard, he underestimated Conor. It took almost twice as long.
2. This is kind of the more interesting point. A boxer who is 49-0 should not have to game plan a 0-0 boxer into the 6th round. To me, that's silly. If a 0-0 MMA fighter fought Conor, Conor wouldn't plan to take him into deep waters, he would end it fast. If Floyd is THAT much better, he should not need a 6 or 7 round game plan. If it was Denis Silver in there, you think Floyd would gameplan for a 6 round fight? At most, if Floyd is truly that much better, Floyd should have needed maybe 3 rounds.
I think people are overestimating both fighters to be honest. Conor was never gonna beat Floyd without a lucky shot. And the fact that Floyd had to let Conor tire himself out before he could finish the fight says a lot. If his skill level is actually that far above Conor's, it should have been quick. Wouldn't you agree? And the counter point is, "Oh Floyd wanted this and that to make it a fight and entertaining for the fans and yada yada yada.' I don't buy it.
All things considered, Conor did a good job for his pro boxing debut on 10 weeks notice vs the best boxer of our time. Do I think Conor would have been able to hang with a not 40 year old boxer? No. Do I think a 28 year old Mayweather would have absolutely embarrassed Conor? Yes. I do.
But no matter how you slice it, a 49-0 Boxer's game plan vs a 0-0 boxer was to tire him out, not outbox him. And that is mostly because Floyd is 40 years old, but it's still a fact.