Freelance: McGregor-Mayweather Super-Fight Set for August 26
The “Notorious” Conor McGregor will soon be venturing (as usual) into enemy territory, only this time, it won’t be for a mixed martial arts bout. After well over a year of trash-talk and speculation, multiple sources have confirmed today (June 14) that the Irish MMA superstar has come to terms with boxing’s own mega-star in 49-0-0 Floyd “Money” Mayweather to fight in a boxing bout on August 26.
Both parties involved confirmed that the bout will take place through their respective accounts on Instagram, although the specific venue has yet to be determined and neither fight has mentioned one online. It had initially been reported yesterday (June 13) by BoxingNews24.com and others that Mayweather’s company, Mayweather Promotions, had booked the MGM Grand for August 25 and 26th. This was confirmed by the official MGM website.
The bout will however take place in “the fight capitol of the world” of Las Vegas as the bout received approval from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC.) The exact details of the deal are unknown at this time but it is expected by industry insiders to be one of, if not the single greatest-selling pay-per-view events in the history of combat sports.
McGregor is 0-0 as a boxer but 21-3 in MMA and has been predominantly known as a stand-up fighter to this point, so the NSAC sanctioned the contest. The exact price as well as the undercard for the event are unknown at this time. Per Mayweather’s Instagram post, the event will be broadcast on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Mayweather will be coming out of retirement (which he initially entered following what was considered to be a lackluster September, 2015 win against Andre Berto) exclusively for this super-fight. McGregor’s last UFC bout to place on November 11, 2016 at the UFC 205 pay-per-view (on the UFC’s 23rd birthday) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Mystic Mac” made history on that night with his second-round finish of then-UFC lightweight (155-pound) champion Eddie Alvarez to become just the third man on the promotion’s history to win titles in two different weight classes while being the first man to hold those belts simultaneously.
The betting odds for this contest from Bovada have remained the same over the last 24 hours with McGregor as the +500 underdog and Mayweather still the -800 favorite.
Regarding his boxing showdown, the Dublin native said to boxing media in March of this year:
“I’ve got the reach. I’ve got youth. I’ve got the confidence. I’ve got the unpredictable style. You can’t prepare for a style like me. A guy said to me, why conquer one world when you can conquer two? So, I’m going to go conquer two worlds.
No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming,” he said. “Trust me on that. When I step in there, I’m going to shock the whole god***n world. Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes. Twenty-eight years of age, confident as a motherf*cker, long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd and you’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words.”
More news will come as this situation continues to develop.