How Mayweather and McGregor partied after the fight
When undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. came out of semi-retirement to fight UFC sensation Conor McGregor, it marked a collision of two major sporting vehicles. The match-up was as successful and entertaining as fans of both camps had hoped, and despite different origins, personalities, and styles, both pugilists celebrated their big bout with high-profile post-fight parties on the Las Vegas strip.
Both fighters had millions of reasons to celebrate. Each pulled in a pretty purse. Mayweather earned somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 million for his win, and McGregor took home a guaranteed $30 million. For the champ, the night was also about commemorating his 50th and final win in style. McGregor, meanwhile, appeared to bask in the accomplishment of having dabbled in a new sport lasted 10 rounds with a future hall-of-famer. For both competitors, epic after-parties seemed par for the course. Let's take a look at how these two rivals recovered from their time together in the ring.
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Mayweather reportedly spent the entire week leading up to the fight partying with fans at his gentleman's club on the Vegas strip. He even issued a public invitation to his social media followers to drop into his joint, called Girl Collection, for a series of meet-and-greet opportunities in the days leading up to his face-off with McGregor.
It's not too surprising that the champ circled back to his own hot spot after winning the bout. According to TMZ, Mayweather's club charged $500 per head to enter, and he joined in on the fun around 2:30 a.m., after finishing his fight and the subsequent press conference. The "Pretty Boy" even rolled up in his brand new, bright red Bugatti (a $3.3 million gift to himself). The party was so popular that police reportedly had to respond to the scene for crowd control. As retirement parties go, that sure beats an office sheet cake with punch.
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McGregor nursed his wounds at a sold-out party at the Encore Beach Club, where tickets cost about $200. He reportedly arrived at his shindig shortly before 3 a.m., after dining at an Asian restaurant called Andrea's. At the bash, McGregor reportedly said, "I f**king love every single one of you. Thank you all so much. It didn't go our way but we're going to party like it went our way. I hope you all have a good f**k*ing night."
McGregor repotedly danced on stage in his paisley two-piece suit to Fat Joe and Remy Ma's "All the Way Up" and even DJ'd for the crowd, spinning tunes such as Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize." The rookie boxer spent much of the night roped off in a secure VIP section reserved for his family—including his wife and young child—and close friends, including soccer star and fellow Irishman Robbie Keane. McGregor reportedly popped out to greet his celebrity guests, such as Orlando Bloom, and to kick off his planned 2-year residency at the Wynn Nightlife property. He also seized the opportunity to promote his whiskey brand, Notorious, which he'd been sipping on since the post-fight press conference with Mayweather.
According to the Mirror, McGregor's party brought in millions in entry costs and alcohol sales. "Conor wanted to throw one of the best parties Vegas has ever seen and he succeeded," a source said.Ellen Page and Emma Portner marry
One day of fun wasn't enough
McGregor's weekend of fun didn't start and end with a mere night the Encore Beach Club. He reportedly showed up the next day for a pool party with his body builder-turned-fitness model sister and other Irish supporters.
That wasn't the first time McGregor has spent the day after a fight partying by the pool at Encore. In fact, last time he was there, he was limping due to a bruised shin. The hard-charger promised fans that he'd be living it until "next week," so maybe he's going for another kind of knockout.Naya Rivera claimed husband Ryan Dorsey was a 'pushover' before arrest
McGregor isn't quitting
Though McGregor is seizing on the value of his name and launching his Vegas residency, the fighter's days in the ring (or perhaps even the octagon) aren't done yet.
His coach, John Kavanagh, announced on Instagram: "Any loss or setback absolutely hurts but you cannot let it make you even consider quitting. We're not going anywhere! Proud as always of Conor as he continues to make history putting these unbelievable events together. Thanks everyone for the support, humbled as always. And for the haters….don't worry we'll give you plenty more to post online about." Kavanagh also tweeted, "Trained our hardest and gave it our best shot. Came up short this time but we'll be back. Win or Learn."Rose McGowan breaks silence on Harvey Weinstein scandal
Whether McGregor sticks to boxing or mixed martial arts remains to be seen, but his fans will likely get to see him punch someone else sooner than later.
Mayweather is planning for the future
In addition to enjoying his victory and promoting his new club, Mayweather also dished about his future plans. Now that he's made his way into the elusive billionaire club, alongside athletic legends such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, there's very little left for him to achieve with his gloves.Steven Seagal denies telling actress to sit on his face
Mayweather told Sports Illustrated that he's retiring from the sport, for good this time. He said he'll continue to pursue entrepreneurial interests and to turn his attention toward finding "the next Floyd Mayweather that can sell millions." With yet another notch on his belt, you can bank on his promotional tours accelerating. Hey, they don't call him "Money" for nothing.