Mayweather vs McGregor finally happening
After months of speculation, the super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is finally on, setting a date for August 26th.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) June 15, 2017
The fight will be sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission under traditional boxing rules. Contractually the fight will take place at super welterweight (154lbs), with twelve 3-minute rounds, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Because the fight is sanctioned, Mayweather will be able to use this opportunity to get his record to 50-0. This is McGregor’s first sanctioned boxing match. The event will be put on by Showtime Sports productions in partnership with Mayweather Promotions. None of Floyd’s belts will be on the line.
The super fight has the potential to smash the all-time PPV view record of 4.5 million set by Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao. McGregor is likely banking on his age advantage – McGregor is 28 and Mayweather is 40. This is also the first time that Mayweather is fighting at 154lbs, usually topping out at 152lbs. McGregor fans are hoping that works to his advantage.
McGregor had began the trash talk with Mayweather long before, but now is dialing it up, posting some barbs on his own Twitter feed.
Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 13, 2017
For the record, that’s not Floyd Senior…
It goes without saying that Mayweather has a clear advantage, but McGregor is a phenomenal striker and has a punchers chance. Should the UFC star win, he’d go from the biggest star in the UFC to the biggest name in combat sports. And even by losing, it’ll be his biggest payday of all time, so far. For Mayweather, he can put his record to 50 – 0, breaking his current tie with boxing legend Rocky Marciano.
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