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CONOR McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather is ON, with a date, venue and fight rules named, plus confirmation from both fighters on social media and multiple US media reports. August 26 (August 27 AEST) is the date, while T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will be the venue. McGregor’s social media post amounted to the first post-announcement swipe from either fighter – it pictures Floyd Mayweather Senior rather than the champion ‘Money’. The fight will be boxing rules, 12 three-minute rounds at 154 pounds with 10-ounce gloves, sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Mayweather Promotions will be the lead promoter for the entirely boxing card, and TV network Showtime will air the megafight on pay-per-view. It also gives Mayweather (49-0) the chance to reach 50 professional wins unbeaten. It is McGregor’s first boxing match (21-3 MMA). McGregor, who negotiated in conjunction with the UFC, is in line for easily the biggest payday of his career while Mayweather will bank another monster earn in a blockbuster expected to reap hundreds of millions of dollars. Mayweather wanted no less than $100 million, while McGregor will also take a massive slice but will also be making money for the UFC. UFC president Dana White, who made the bout in negotiations with McGregor, Mayweather and ‘Money’s’ long-time adviser Al Haymon, said the deal went smoothly despite being touted as a nightmare. “Negotiations went smooth, Floyd is surrounded by some smart people and we got this thing done.
The impossible deal is now done,” White told ESPN’s SportsCenter. “It will be in a ring, it’s a boxing event. Mayweather Promotions will build the undercard for it. “Conor McGregor is a guy who’s done a lot of good things over here [UFC], for the sport and for this company. He wanted this and obviously the fans wanted it too. “Not only for him – at the end of the day, my job is to make fights that the fans want to see.” White said McGregor would not be totally outmatched by Mayweather, despite having never fought in a professional boxing match. “I talked to Conor McGregor this morning … he is absolutely 100 per cent positive that he wins this fight,” White said. “I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago. “When two men step into any [arena], whether it’s the ring, the Octagon, whatever it is, anything is possible. Floyd Mayweather’s 40 years-old, he’s always had problems with southpaws. Conor McGregor is 27 years-old , he is a southpaw and whenever Conor hits people, they fall. “I’m not saying that Conor McGregor’s gonna win, I’m not saying that Floyd Mayweather’s gonna win, but I’m telling you this: The reason Conor McGregor’s as big as he is is because he’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.
He will go after Floyd Mayweather and he will try to knock him out.” McGregor is also bullish about his chances of springing an upset, though he is a massive outside against a boxing legend barely troubled during his unbeaten career. “No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that!,” McGregor said back in March. “When I step in there, I’ll shock the whole f***ing world. Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes. 28 years of age… Long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. “Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd. You’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words.” It will be Mayweather’s first fight in two years, since his decision win over Andre Berto. He is 40 years-old to McGregor’s 28. The Irish megastar last fought at UFC 205 last November, the historic show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in which he knocked out lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez to become the promotion’s first concurrent two-division champion. Money is already flowing for the long-hyped bout. Aussie bookmaker sportsbet.com.au reports that McGregor is the fancy of punters despite being at long odds. Sportsbet.com.au says McGregor is attracting 10 times the money of Mayweather, though ‘Money’ is a $1.15 favourite to $5.50 for ‘The Notorious’. Mayweather winning by KO/TKO is favourite in the method of victory market. “This is the biggest fight in history with the two superstars of both sports finally settling their scores in the ring. Mayweather has the obvious advantage and is the rightful favourite in our eyes but the punters are predicting notorious Conor McGregor is going to shock the world once again,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne. via Fox Sports
It’s being billed as the fight of the century.
Here’s everything you need to know about Mayweather’s super welterweight fight with McGregor.
Mauro Ranallo and colour commentators Al Bernstein and Paul Malignaggi. (Showtime). Brian Custer has been tabbed as the studio host, while Jim Gray will be the ringside reporter.
Guest commentators will be announced at a later date.
Why the hype?
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in an unprecedented event that takes place Saturday, August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The event telecast is produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
What’s the story?
FEW experts give Conor McGregor a chance.
Even McGregor diehards would doubt his ability to do what no one else has done — defeat Floyd Mayweather.
But there’s no doubting the Irishman’s inner belief that he can stun the world and punish “Money” Mayweather into retirement.
“He will be unconsciousness in four rounds,” McGregor told the Los Angeles crowd in the first stop of a four-city media tour.
“He has never faced this.”
The pair will square off on August 27 in what’s arguably the “Fight of the Century”.
Forget the Mayweather-Pacquiao scrap in May that broke the bank, this will smash pay-per-view records.
It’s estimated the fight will make about $606.1 million.
To put that into context, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout sold an astounding 4.6 million PPV buys.
Mayweather and McGregor will be swimming in the money, too, pocketing millions.
Mayweather stands to earn $100 million, while McGregor will make $75m.
McGregor has a net worth of $34m, according to Forbes, earning $27m through winnings and a further $7m in endorsements.
Just add another zero for Mayweather.
As of December 2016, Forbes estimated the champ has earnt $340m, making him the world’s highest paid athlete for three of the last four years.
The mouth-watering bout is destined to put bums on seats worldwide.
Even the casual punter will tune in, eager to see how the king of the ring fares against the lord of the octagon.
For what it’s worth, I can’t see how McGregor stands a chance against the 49-0 Mayweather.
He’s undefeated for a reason, and while in the twilight of his career at 40-years-of-age, he boasts lighting speed and power that McGregor has never encountered in his 24-fight career.
“The Notorious”, a dual-division champion in the UFC, drops bombs and Mayweather won’t want to be on the end of McGregor’s overhand left.
But the question is, can he land a glove on the crafty counterpuncher?
I doubt it.
One thing’s for certain, boxing is the only way for this pair to settle this argument.
Inside the cage with four-ounce UFC gloves, Mayweather doesn’t stand a chance.
In fact, McGregor would choke him out inside a minute.
At least in the ring, we’ve got a spectacle. And it can’t come quick enough.
What they’re saying
Mayweather: “I don’t care if it’s a ring or it’s an octagon, I will kick ass. I don’t back down for anybody.
“You line them up and I will knock them down. On August 26, I’m gonna knock this b—- out too.”
McGregor: “I am honoured to be here, to give you this spectacle.
“His little legs, his little core, his little head, I am going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words.
“He will be unconsciousness in four rounds. He has never faced this. I don’t fear him.
“All these rules, all these restrictions, it doesn’t faze me; it amuses me. It is funny to me all these rules.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve shocked the world, and I’m going to shock it once again.
“It’s not going to end well for Floyd. It’s not going to end well for all the people doubting me.
“All I need is a gum shield. Line me up to the ring and I am good to go.”
Origin: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Height: 5ft 8”
Record: 49-0, 26 knockouts
Bio: With an unblemished 49-0 professional boxing record, Mayweather retired in 2015.
He is regarded as one of the best defensive fighters ever, and prides himself on his ability to evade punishment with his skilful movement about the ring.
Origin: Dublin, Ireland
Nickname: The Notorious
Height: 5ft 9”
Record: 21-3 18 knockouts
Bio: McGregor, the UFC’s reigning lightweight champion and former featherweight champion, is known as much for his bravado as for his explosive knockout power inside an MMA octagon.
An Irish icon, McGregor is one of the highest earning MMA fighters.
He earned an estimated $10m fighting American Nate Diaz, even though he lost. Via. The herald Sun
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