Las Vegas - Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor
McGregor - the kingpins of their respective sports - announced
on Wednesday they would fight on Saturday, August 26 in Las Vegas.
40-year-old Mayweather announced the fight on his Instagram account with
a graphic saying "IT'S OFFICIAL!!!" showing pictures of both fighters
and listing Las Vegas as the location. McGregor sent out a tweet stating
"THE FIGHT IS ON." He also included photos of the pair.
promoter Dana White said the bout would take place at the T-Mobile Arena
and it would be a boxing match at 154-pounds with 10 ounce gloves.
have been in negotiations for a while," White told American sports
"The negotiations went smooth. Floyd Mayweather
surrounds himself with smart people and we got the deal done."
is the top pay-per-view draw in UFC while Mayweather had been the
moneyspinner in some of boxing's biggest bouts, including matchups with
Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and US star Oscar De La Hoya. Mayweather
earned $250 million for his fight against Pacquiao.
Mayweather or McGregor have competed this year. Mayweather retired from
pro boxing in 2015 after defeating Andre Berto, while McGregor (21-3)
defeated Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
White said the key to finalising the fight was luring Mayweather out of his 23-month retirement.
"Everybody is happy with this deal," White said. "Nobody is bummed out."
boxing format heavily favours the undefeated Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs)
who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
a 28-year-old Irishman, will be entering unknown territory as he has
not stepped in a boxing ring since he was a teenager.
having little or no boxing experience, White insists his MMA client
McGregor is confident of victory. McGregor is UFC's only simultaneous
"He is absolutely, 100 percent positive he
will win this fight. When two men step into the ring anything can
happen," White said of southpaw McGregor.
There will, of course, be no titles on the line, but it is an opportunity for both to cash in financially.
fight is expected to be a pay-for-view blockbuster, as organisers are
hoping it can challenge the 4.6 million pay-per-view buys for
Not everyone will be excited to see a
Mayweather-McGregor exhibition match, especially considering that
McGregor is a 25/1 underdog.
Boxing champion turned promoter De La Hoya said a fight between the two would be an embarrassment for the sport of boxing.
But the trash-talking Irishman has a dedicated fan base and knows how to sell tickets.
In his last fight, McGregor won the lightweight title from Alvarez in November 2015 in UFC's first Madison Square Garden card.
one time promoters were looking at a September 16 date for
Mayweather-McGregor but it is now taken by a Canelo Alvarez-Gennady
Golovkin middleweight world championship fight at T-Mobile Arena.
received a California boxing license last year but is still waiting for
his Nevada boxing licence application to be approved.