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Celebrities compete for the best seats at the Floyd Mayweather fight against Conor McGregor

Monday - 28/08/2017 05:19
IT was Street Fighter personified; the best boxer on the planet against the most marketable mixed martial artist in a $700 million event that drew the eyes of the world.
Sean "Puffy" Combs and Jamie Foxx arrive on T-Mobile's magenta carpet duirng the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party. Picture: David Becker/Getty Images
Sean "Puffy" Combs and Jamie Foxx arrive on T-Mobile's magenta carpet duirng the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party. Picture: David Becker/Getty Images

Celebrities competed for the best seats — comedian Steve Harvey somehow beat basketball icon Lebron James and Sean “Diddy” Combs in the ‘closest to the ring stakes’ — while actors Charlize Theron and Bruce Willis watched intently as Floyd Mayweather took apart UFC trash-talker Conor McGregor in 10 rounds.

Singer Ozzy Osbourne (L) and Sharon Osbourne
Singer Ozzy Osbourne (L) and Sharon OsbourneSource:Getty Images

 

NBA player Lebron James and wife Savannah Brinson
NBA player Lebron James and wife Savannah BrinsonSource:AFP
 
Actor Chris Hemsworth
Actor Chris HemsworthSource:AFP

When all the pay-per-view numbers are tallied up, Mayweather expects to see $300 million in his bank account.

And for taking a solid beating as most had expected, McGregor can lick his wounds with nearly $100 million, 20 times more than he has ever made in any UFC bout.

Actress Charlize Theron
Actress Charlize TheronSource:Getty Images

McGregor never stood a chance against boxing’s best in Mayweather, who retired after the fight with an impeccable record of 50-0, but put up a handy enough showing in the first three rounds for those who paid $100,000 to be ringside to walk away smiling.

Jennifer Lopez and former MLB player Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez and former MLB player Alex RodriguezSource:Getty Images
 
NBA player Isaiah Thomas
NBA player Isaiah ThomasSource:Getty Images
 
Singer Demi Lovato
Singer Demi Lovato Source:Getty Images

A delayed start due to a late rush of pay-per-view purchases crashed the system in several US states. But pop star Demi Lovato got the live, but not sold-out, Las Vegas audience excited again with a rousing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

McGregor walked out first, draped in the Irish flag, to the tune of an Irish battle song, spurred on as the crowd favourite.

Mayweather donned an executioner’s balaclava for his ring entrance.

Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa HudgensSource:Getty Images
 
Actor Jamie Foxx and Actress Olivia Munn
Actor Jamie Foxx and Actress Olivia MunnSource:Getty Images

 

Cardi B arrives)
Cardi B arrives)Source:Getty Images
 
Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa HudgensSource:Getty Images

Chris Hemsworth, William H. Macy, Vanessa Hudgens, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Jamie Foxx, Don Cheadle, James Harden and Mike Tyson all craned their necks to get a glimpse of the richest man in sport.

Up to the opening bell, this was sold on the show rather than the merit.

The pantomime hatred, flurry of insults and boastful talk was all designed to lure the buyer in.

When sales slowed in the final weeks, Mayweather even resorted to highlighting his own weakness; his 40 years, his two years out of the ring, in a bid to create doubt about the inevitable result.

Former boxer Mike Tyson
Former boxer Mike TysonSource:Getty Images
 
Jamie Foxx
Jamie FoxxSource:AFP
 
Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Jack OsbourneSource:AFP

McGregor came into the ring as the much bigger man and surprised many boxing purists as he made a confident start. But as the rounds wore on his inexperience was pounced on by Mayweather, who looked as fast as ever and landed clean, heavy shots down the stretch before referee Robert Byrd waved off the contest in the 10th round with McGregor out on his feet.

Dancer Cassie
Dancer CassieSource:Getty Images
 
Actors Jasmine Sanders and Terrence J
Actors Jasmine Sanders and Terrence JSource:Getty Images
 
Professional boxer Adrien Broner
Professional boxer Adrien BronerSource:Getty Images
Nick Cannon
Nick CannonSource:Getty Images

 

Originally published as Celebs competed for the best seats at Floyd fight

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