After months of hype, false starts, and teases, the biggest spectacle in fight sports will be happening. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will face Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) on August 26, 2017.
News surfaced earlier today that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) had approved an “event” on that date. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports noted the fight would be taking place, citing a “well placed source,” but then both fighters took to social media to confirm that the fight is indeed happening. McGregor came out with the first post, taking to Instagram and posting that the fight was on. Mayweather followed with a tweet of his own on Twitter. Those posts are shown below.
UFC president Dana White appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter to lay out more specific details of the bout. White said that the fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Both fighters will wear ten ounce gloves for the bout, which will last twelve rounds. The men will fight at 154 pounds, which is considered boxing’s super welterweight class. Mayweather fought for the majority of his career at lightweight, and McGregor is currently the UFC lightweight champion at 155 pounds.
In the SportsCenter segment, White noted that UFC’s presence on this event will be limited to McGregor. The fight will take place in a proper boxing ring and the event will be a boxing-only card. Mayweather Promotions, the fight promotion that Floyd runs, will be providing the undercard talent for the night as well.
McGregor has never boxed professionally, but did recently apply for a boxing license in Nevada. Mayweather is coming out of a year-long retirement for this bout. His last fight was a successful defense of the WBA, WBC, The Ring and Lineal Welterweight Championships against Andre Berto. NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett noted that he would have no problem approving the fight given McGregor’s credentials and background.
White admitted that he didn’t know what this fight meant for UFC, but that McGregor had done a lot of good things for the sport and company and wanted this bout. “And obviously, the fans wanted this too. Everywhere I go, it’s the only question people ask me now. At the end of the day, my job is to make fights fans want to see.”
White predicted that the fight could break box office records, topping Mayweather vs. Pacquiao which drew over 4.6 million pay per view buys. Betting lines that have opened have placed Mayweather at a -1000 favorite and McGregor at a +650 underdog.