Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

McGregor fight set for August 26


The announcement of the much-touted fight between boxing great Floyd Mayweather and UFC's most recognisable face Conor McGregor was the trending topic here ahead of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 111. One would therefore assume that the fight will take place according to the rules of boxing.

The fight is expected to gross millions of dollars with Mayweather a solid favorite. These two will meet on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in a 154-pound boxing match.

Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said the fight had the potential to appeal to an entirely new category of fans. But over the course of a year, that absurd idea gathered steam and hype and huge public interest until what many said was impossible, became a reality.

McGregor replied: "If you're asking would I like to fight Floyd I mean who would not like to dance around the ring for $180 million". We got the thing done. "The sky's the limit on this". "When you go out and you put everything on line - I've said this about Floyd Mayweather for years: He loves money, loves money, but that record is actually, I think, more important to him than money".

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"Everybody's happy", said Mayweather's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe.

In his last fight, McGregor won the lightweight title from Alvarez in November 2015 in UFC's first Madison Square Garden card.

McGregor, who has never boxed professionally, is the outsider at 6/1. That's a long time to keep lifting those bricks against one of the better defensive fighters of all-time and perhaps the best one. Fighters are going to receive at least $100 million each. Many believe that the Irishman and Mayweather can set the record for the most successful pay-per-view event in combat sports history, which is now held by Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather, at the age of 40, will also be the much older competitor in this bout against a 28 year-old McGregor in his prime.

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"Hey Anthony Joshua, let's have a proper tussle and still have time for tea and crumpets before the main event!" he wrote on Twitter. His last fight came in September of 2015 when he picked up a unanimous decision win over Andre Berto.

The fight - at light-middleweight - will be one of the richest in boxing history. "That's what makes it a great fight".

Both fighters stated this, on their social media profiles this Wednesday.

After Mayweather's recent trip to London in his capacity as a promoter, Joshua enthusiastically welcomed the prospect of featuring on the undercard of what he sees as one of the biggest nights in fight history.

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