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Skip Bayless: Referee saved Floyd Mayweather from Conor McGregor in ninth round

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the dust has settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, everyone in the sports world is breaking down Floyd Mayweather’s win over Conor McGregor inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Money” earned a technical knockout victory over “Notorious” in the 10th round, taking it to an exhausted Irishman to force referee Robert Byrd to step in and stop the bout; a stoppage Conor — and many others -- didn’t agree with.

According to Fox Sports 1’s Skip Bayless, McGregor was on the verge of possibly putting an end to Floyd’s perfect streak in the previous round, but Byrd inexplicably pulled Conor away from a hurt Mayweather.

“The whole thing flipped and turned in round number nine...Floyd Mayweather was in trouble in this fight. But, the turning point to me, and I would like to see the video of this came in round nine,” said skip via a Facebook video post.

“It was ironically the round Shannon Sharpe predicted a knockout for Floyd and the round I predicted a knockout for Conor. Right away, Conor was coming off his best round, a bounce back round in round eight, in my card I had him ahead.”

“Then in nine, he comes out aggressive and he stunned Floyd. He hit him with a hard left, rocked him and buckled him and Floyd’s in trouble in the corner and when Conor goes in for the “kill,” it happened so fast I need to see a replay, but he had him and Robert Byrd pulls him away.”

“In that moment, I thought that’s it. Again, I’m just going off my instinct, my gut and Conor had him on the ropes. He was then backed off to the middle of the ring and he had spent himself on that salvo. Eight took a lot out of McGregor.”

“He took a shot to end it early in round nine and he got pulled off. I swear Robert Byrd saved the fight. He saved it. Byrd, longtime referee in Las Vegas, highly respected. but he gave Floyd a big break he didn’t deserve.”

Indeed, Floyd could be seen hurt, presumably form a low blow he was complaining of. Nevertheless, the fight did go on and Mayweather manages to escape the ring with his record-setting win. Any of you buying what Skip is selling?

Skip’s rant begins at 1:00 minute of the video embedded below:

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