FORMER BOXING world champion Floyd Mayweather has confirmed that he will fight UFC champion Conor McGregor in a light-middleweight boxing match in Las Vegas on 26 August. The MMA-boxing crossover fight will take place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas under boxing regulations.
The main question surrounding the bout is the rules the fighters would adhere to, with many concerned that Mayweather's vastly superior boxing skills would make a standard boxing match a walkover. The 12-round fight will be fought at 154 pounds and will mark a return to the ring for Mayweather after an nearly two-year layoff.
According to the New York Times, Mayweather's 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao drew almost 4.5 million viewers through pay-per-view. "Conor likes money, man - Conor would depart with a lot of money if that ever happened", UFC President Dana White said. With McGregor signed to the UFC, the fight would not be possible without White's consent. Mayweather is largely considered the greatest boxer in history due to his unbeaten record. "I expect Floyd to win it 100 per cent".
Mayweather will come off a two-year retirement in a bout that McGregor has been pushing for almost that long.
No conformation has been provided at this time from Mayweather Promotions, UFC, Showtime or the fighters. "One shot can change the whole outcome [of a fight so] we damn sure ain't taking Conor McGregor lightly [because] when he touches people, it has a tremendous impact".
"(Mayweather) finished the Pacquiao fight - Wednesday he was back in the damn gym", Ellerbe said.
"I've been watching him, Conor has a reach advantage and he's more powerful".
When asked about the figures both fighters will earn from the super-fight, White was unwilling to share any secrets.
"I just feel that these are two separate sports and you have McGregor who is the best at what he does, and you have Mayweather who is the best at what he does". There are definite positives and negatives to this one, whether you are a fan of boxing, MMA or both.