Twitter reacts to the Mayweather-McGregor fight announcement

Ross Houston
June 15, 2017

Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor has never boxed as either a professional or amateur, but sparring partner Artem Lobov says the Irishman will blast the undefeated Floyd Mayweather when the two meet in Las Vegas on August 26.

The August showdown is reportedly set to take place in Las Vegas, a source told Yahoo Sports Wednesday.

However, the NSAC revealed that they have now approved of the request and the bout will take place on the requested date at the MGM Grand, though it is likely to change to the T-Mobile Arena.

While terms of the deal have not been made public, White's UFC brand stands to benefit greatly from the fight. However, it's still very probable that this fight could go down as one of the most expensive in the history of the sport.

Mayweather will reportedly be paid over 100 million United States dollars for the contest, which will be broadcast on pay-per-view networks across the world.

White said they would wear 10 ounce boxing gloves and added that his MMA client McGregor is confident of victory.

That makes Mayweather a heavy favourite to beat the mixed martial arts fighter, who is known for his explosive power. The fight was announced Wednesday, and it's going to be a Super Bowl-type event in regards to hype and fan interest.

He and McGregor first mooted the idea of a fight in a series of exchanges on social media, in which the Irishman urged Mayweather to step up and sign.

In what will arguably the most anticipated fights of all-time, the world's greatest MMA fighter will go up against the world's greatest, and until now retired, boxer in the ring.

Even if the actual bout may not shape up as a great matchup, the run-up to the fight will.

The fight will be a boxing match, which means Mayweather's undefeated 49-0 record is at stake if McGregor can cause a huge upset.

Sky Sports boxing producer Jon Beloff said: "The level of interest in this fight really has been phenomenal".

FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

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