Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight confirmed

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

After months of speculation, the fight between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor is now set for August 26 in Las Vegas.

The 40-year-old Floyd Mayweather hasn't fought since his retirement in 2015, while McGregor's last fight was back in November last year.

Mayweather is the strong favourite but Holm, who will face Brazil's Bethe Correia in Singapore, said fights can be unpredictable.

The late-summer showdown between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC fighter Conor McGregor has generated nothing but hype since it was announced Wednesday evening.

The event is expected to generate more than half a billion dollars and has every chance of breaking the pay per view record of 4.5 million buys, set when Mayweather met Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.

And early estimates are that as many as 5.5m purchases could be made before Mayweather and McGregor fight, despite the seeming mismatch. Mayweather, meanwhile, won one of the biggest fights of his life when he jumped up in weight to fight Oscar de la Hoya for the 154-pound belt in 2007.

"This is really an unprecedented event", said Stephen Espinoza, who heads Showtime Sports, which will handle the pay-per-view.

Ronda Rousey of the U.S. (left) faces-off with compatriot Holly Holm for the UFC fight in Melbourne on November 13, 2015. Mayweather earned $250 million for his fight against Pacquiao. "One shot can change the whole outcome [of a fight so] we damn sure ain't taking Conor McGregor lightly [because] when he touches people, it has a tremendous impact". It's a risk, it's risky and I want to see it.

"I just feel that these are two separate sports and you have McGregor who is the best at what he does, and you have Mayweather who is the best at what he does". When asked about the purse on the red carpet of the All Eyez on Me movie premiere, "Money" laughed it off and said, "I can't talk about that", before adding, "both parties are very happy".

He said: "Listen, is he at the level of a Floyd Mayweather as far as boxing standards go? No".

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