Believe it or not, this is actually happening!
The much-talked bout, much-hyped and much-delayed boxing match between current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Conor McGregor and the former pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather, is finally official.
That’s according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, who confirmed with sources close to the situation that the fight has been signed, sealed and soon-to-be delivered on Aug. 26, 2017, to be exact.
The 12-round boxing match — which will be contested at 154-pounds -- is expected to go down inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here), which really comes as no surprise to anyone because staging this bout anywhere but “Sin City” simply doesn’t make sense. Indeed, Mayweather has made Las Vegas his personal playground throughout his storied boxing career, which has seen him go undefeated (49-0), taking out the best-of-the best and collecting numerous world titles and humongous paydays along the way.
“Money” retired from the fight game shortly after defeating Andre Berto in 2015. But, after McGregor started calling him out at every turn, Mayweather, surprisingly, started to fire back at “Notorious” and eventually decided to end his retirement to return to the ring in an attempt to get win number 50, all while taking out MMA’s biggest star.
McGregor, meanwhile, hasn’t stepped foot inside the Octagon since defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Nov. 2016 to become the first and only fighter to hold two different division titles simultaneously. The fiery Irishman has since taken time off to welcome his first-born son into the world, all while trying his hardest to pick a fight against Mayweather.
The boxing match — which will be spearheaded by Mayweather Promotions (sorry, Dana) — will signify the first time a fighter under the UFC banner steps into the ring to face off against a world class boxer in his own sport, though previous attempts weren’t for a lack of trying. Most in the combat community, however, see the fight as nothing but a “cash grab” that will see Floyd ultimately have his way with McGregor.
Interestingly enough, the fight will take place a month prior to one of the most anticipated boxing matches of all time going down between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, which is scheduled to take place at the same T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 16, 2017.
Promoters, boxers and MMA stars alike have expressed their opposition for the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, but at the end of the day, when there are millions upon millions of dollars to be made, those protests will always fall on deaf ears.
That said, are you excited?