Mayweather vs McGregor set for August 26 at T-Mobile Arena
Undefeated boxing world champion out of the United States Floyd Mayweather and the UFC star out of Ireland Conor McGregor have officially agreed to fight. The battle is a historic pay-per-view boxing event held on Saturday August 26 in Las Vegas. The contest is a 12-round bout with 10-ounce gloves at 154 pounds.
The match was formally announced on Wednesday. Both athletes took it to social media informing the fans.
The under-card for the event will be arranged by Mayweather Promotions. The UFC President Dana White and Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions met with the media discussing arguably the most intriguing bout in combat sports history.
“We’ve been in negotiations now for a while and to be honest, negotiations went smooth,” said White. “Floyd is surrounded by some smart people and we got this thing done. The impossible deal is now done.”
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Winning world titles in five weight classes, undefeated in 49 bouts Mayweather, retired in September 2015. In March he announced that he is “coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor“.
Mixed Martial Artist Conor McGregor is the reigning UFC lightweight champion, and former UFC featherweight champion. The 155-pound title holder has been indeed serious about making a move to the boxing ring.
Talking the fight White said that “Conor McGregor is a guy who’s done a lot of good things over the years for this sport and for this company [UFC]. And he wanted this.”
“And obviously the fans wanted it too. At the end of the day, my job is to make fights that the fans want to see.”
“I’m not saying that Conor McGregor is gonna win, I’m not saying that Floyd Mayweather is gonna win. But I’ll tell you this: The reason Conor McGregor is as big as he is is because he will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. He will go after Floyd Mayweather and he will try to knock him out.”
The CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe says that the Mayweather vs McGregor fight “has a different kind of feel”. “With Conor McGregor not being a boxer, this is more of a mainstream global event. This is something that the fans want to see.”
“He’s [McGregor] done a tremendous job with promoting himself. Dana has done a tremendous job with promoting him, and he’s the biggest star in their sport.”
“So when you look on the other side, we all know what Floyd brings to the table. But it’s the fans that demanded this. So when the fans are demanding this fight, you gotta figure it out and get it done. This is a total different feel from the [Manny] Pacquiao fight because this is the unknown factor.”
Talking McGregor as a threat to Mayweather in boxing, Ellerbe said that he is impressed with his stand up game. He outlined his knockout power.
“His stand-up game, I’m very damn impressed with it,” said Ellerbe. “He don’t even look like he throws his shots hard, but he’s so slick with it when he touches guys, even if he grazes them, it’s like, ‘Damn, he f**ked them up.’
“The next thing you know, they’re stretched out and wobbling all around the ring. Man, he better not graze Floyd with one of them shots.”