It seems it has finally come fight fans.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor has been signed for August 26 in Las Vegas. The fight will air live on pay per view.
The news was first broken by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. Both Mayweather and McGregor both took to social media soon after to begin promoting of the event.
Floyd Mayweather’s Instagram:
Conor McGregor’s Twitter:
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
UFC President Dana White soon commented on SportsCenter to confirm the event himself that the fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena and will be contested at 154 pounds. Both fighters will also wear 10-ounce gloves. White also eluded to Conor’s availability as UFC champion after this bout:
White on if Conor McGregor will fight again in UFC after boxing match: I think he will. He wants to turn around and fight again this year.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) June 14, 2017
The fight is to be sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Should Floyd Mayweather win, he will be the first boxer to attain a perfect 50-0 record professionally.
A bout like this has not occurred since boxing great Muhammad Ali faced former pro wrestling legend and mma pioneer Antonio Inoki in a “mixed” match back in 1976.
Mayweather Jr. (49-0), has long been considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, retired from the sport of boxing back in September 2015 following his victory over Andre Berto. Recently he declared he would only return to action should the bout with Conor McGregor formulate.
McGregor (0-0 in boxing, 21-3 in MMA) is the current UFC Lightweight champion and a former UFC Featherweight champion. While the Irish champion has never competed in a professional boxing match, he is considered one of the best mixed martial artists in the world with his striking being one of his most credible skillsets in the Octagon. He made history in November when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to became the first fighter in UFC history to be a champion in two different weight classes simultaneously . He was soon stripped by the UFC of his featherweight title due to inactivity.
As of this press time, it is unclear how much the pay per view will cost and who else will compete on the card. It was earlier reported that Mayweather Promotions had been approved to host an event on this, however it will obviously no longer air on Showtime.