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Mayweather-McGregor fight, and its delayed start, send Twitter into frenzy

Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP

The highly anticipated superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor resulted in hundreds of thousands of comments, quips, GIFs and quick-witted memes being posted in real-time on Twitter.

A lot of the online jabs started before the main event even reached viewers’ screens. Before the fight – which Mayweather won by technical knockout in the 10th round – a brief delay in pay-per-view service put some of the Twitter world in a frenzy.

The start of the fight was delayed briefly due to technical issues brought on by massive demand, CBS Sports and ESPN both reported during the event.

“Due to high demand, we have reports of scattered outages from various cable and satellite providers and the online offering,” Showtime announced in a statement during Saturday’s event. “We will delay the start of the main event slightly to allow for systems to get on track. We do not expect a lengthy delay.”

As such, fans live-tweeting their reactions to the fight had plenty of commentary—regarding both the delay and the fight itself.

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