The biggest boxing match of the year has finally been made official. Floyd Mayweather will be coming out of a two-year retirement to fight UFC lightweight champion and company superstar Conor McGregor on August 26th in Las Vegas.
Just hours after the fight’s official announcement was made on Wednesday, Showtime Boxing released the official poster.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) June 15, 2017
Mayweather will be fighting for a 50-0 record against “The Notorious”, aiming to surpass that of Rocky Marciano’s. McGregor, on the other hand, will be looking to solidify his status as an elite fighter by trying to make a major dent in the boxing world by potentially defeating the man considered as the sport’s “best ever.”
Dana White said in his recent Facebook live interview that the fight will be a 12-round battle at 154 pounds. It will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Former pound-for-pound king and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. made the official announcement on social media Wednesday, confirming that he will exit a 23-month retirement at age 40 to face Conor McGregor, the UFC superstar, in a boxing match on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
The fight will be broadcast on Showtime PPV.
“We’ve been in negotiations for a while,” White told SportsCenter.
“Negotiations went smooth. Floyd is surrounded by some smart people, and we got this thing done. The impossible deal is now done.”
Moments before Mayweather’s announcement, McGregor sent out a simple four-word statement on Twitter, with a picture of Floyd Mayweather Sr. instead of Mayweather Jr.
White followed the announcement with an emoji.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
Ireland’s McGregor (21-3), a 28-year-old southpaw, is the first UFC fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two different divisions and one of the best MMA fighters in the world, but he will be making his professional boxing debut against Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers in history.
No major titles are on the line but the fight offers both fighters an opportunity to make huge money.
Mayweather is a -1,100 favorite at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, with McGregor paying back +700.
Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) also has the chance to finish off his career at a perfect 50-0 in a bout that few expect to be competitive but has nonetheless piqued the public’s interest because of the boxing-versus-MMA angle, not to mention the big personalities and trash-talk ability of both fighters.
Floyd Mayweather has not fought since September 2015. However, he’s been very vocal about his desire to exit retirement for only one fight — the big one against Conor McGregor.
“This matchup is unprecedented,” said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports. “There has been overwhelming demand from fight fans, and it’s great to be able to deliver.
“As we’ve already seen this evening, Mayweather vs. McGregor has generated buzz that reaches far beyond that of the considerable boxing and MMA audience. Both Floyd and Conor are trend-setting personalities who’ve transcended their respective sports. They carry unmatched reputations for spectacle and athleticism, and together they will create a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
The Mayweather-McGregor card will be boxing only, and Mayweather has said he wants two of his company’s top fighters to appear on it: Badou Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs), a former super middleweight world titleholder who vacated his belt in January to move up to light heavyweight, and junior lightweight world titlist Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs).