It’s happening. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will meet in the boxing ring on August 26.
Yahoo’s Kevin Iole first reported the finalization of the highly-anticipated mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
UFC President Dana White appeared on Sportscenter to give more details of the bout, including that the T-Mobile Arena will host the boxing event that will be put together by Mayweather Promotions. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in the ring at 154-pounds wearing 10-ounce gloves.
Floyd Mayweather retired from boxing with a record of 49-0 back in 2015, but a potential fight with today’s biggest combat sports start coaxed him into returning to the ring. Mayweather has 15 titles on his resume spanning four weight classes, and will look for his 50th win against a man who’s professional boxing record is empty at 0-0.
Conor McGregor has taken the MMA world by storm since debuting in the UFC back in April of 2013. His brash personality and trash-talk backed up by a pair of UFC belts have made him the biggest draw in the promotion’s history. McGregor has won 18 of his 21 victories via knockout, but his boxing experience is limited to being Ireland’s youth champion.
Win or loss, it is unknown if Conor McGregor will ever return to the Octagon following the massive payday he will receive against Mayweather. He has stated, however, that he would still like to fight twice in the UFC this year.
The fight is at 154-pounds, otherwise known as light middleweight in boxing terms. Mayweather has fought four times at this weight, defeating Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, and Oscar De La Hoya. Conor McGregor has fought at 155-pounds six times in his career, and is the UFC’s lightweight champion.
With the Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view costing $100, that price should be anticipated for this upcoming bout considering the combatants are the two biggest draws in combat sports.