After months of verbal jabs, much speculation, and a bunch of what if’s, the bout between world-champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been confirmed.
It will all go down August 26 date in Las Vegas. In a statement made by UFC President Dana White, the fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena, and will be set at the weight of 154 pounds for both fighters.
Both Mayweather and McGregor confirmed the fight via social media. Neither held their tongues about each other in the past, and they blame one another for the fight being held up in negotiations. There were also whispers of the bout being delayed or not considered a real possibility because of the lack of McGregor’s experience as a stand-up boxer. But if anyone knows McGregor, his self confidence alludes that there were other factors in getting the deal done.
Mayweather, who had been retired over the last couple of years, is considered the best pound-for-pound boxer of his generation, and has the opportunity to extend his undefeated record to 50-0 with a win over McGregor. The Irish MMA fighter holds the UFC lightweight belt after his November 2016 victory over Eddie Alvarez, and while having never fought before in his career as a professional boxer, is looking to complete what would be considered a major upset over Mayweather.
Both fighters are looking to take home over $100 million in the fight when final tallies come in, with the fight being sponsored by Mayweather Promotions and aired on Showtime Pay-Per-View.