The long-rumored fantasy fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor is now fact. The two superstars will box August 26 in Las Vegas.
McGregor made the announcement Wednesday by firing the first pre-fight promotional shot by taking a dig at his 40-year-old opponent:
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
Of course, that’s a picture of Mayweather’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Not to be outdone, Mayweather issued his own tweet minutes later and made sure his “Mayweather Promotions” and “TMT” brand was plastered across the unofficial ad:
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
UFC president Dana White, who may or may not have been involved in the long-running negotiations, thumbed out his customary smiley face emoji after the fighters announced the scrap:
— Dana White (@danawhite) June 14, 2017
Multiple outlets, including 5thRound.com, have confirmed the matchup has in fact been finalized.
Mayweather got the ball rolling earlier today by reserving the August 26 date with the Nevada Athletic Commission. The blockbuster boxing match will either take place inside MGM Grand Garden or T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
It would make more sense from a financial standpoint for a fight of this magnitude to go down at the much larger T-Mobile Arena.
Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
On separate occasions, Mayweather and McGregor have each thrown out $100 million guaranteed as their price tag to make the superfight happen. White previously countered by lowballing each fighter with just $25 million and a piece of the show’s pay-per-view buys.
Mayweather has banked over $700 million throughout his illustrious boxing career, and has insisted the entire time that he should be the “A-side,” meaning he gets top billing and the larger purse. It’s likely McGregor conceded, despite reportedly making $34 million over the past 12 months for just two MMA bouts.
Mayweather hung up his boxing gloves in September 2015 after bumping his professional record to a perfect 49-0. He came out of retirement earlier this year with the lone intention of welcoming McGregor, the world’s biggest combat sports star, to the squared-circle.
McGregor hasn’t been seen since dusting Eddie Alvarez in November to capture the UFC lightweight belt. Whether it was Mayweather or a UFC title defense, McGregor had no intention of returning to action in the first-half of 2017 due to the birth of his first child.
However, after the prospects of a box office boxing match with Mayweather started to pick up steam, McGregor has solely been honing his boxing skills in anticipation of the matchup.
The early betting line for the boxing match pegs Mayweather as a heavy 10-1 odds-on favorite. McGregor currently checks in as a 6.5-1 underdog.