The months of speculation are finally at an end, as it has become confirmed that former world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather will come out of retirement to face UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a boxing match on August 26. According to UFC president Dana White, who has been pushing for this fight for a long time, said that the match would take place at the junior middleweight level, which tops out at 154 pounds. “We’ve been in negotiations for a while… Floyd is surrounded by some spart people, and we got this thing done. The impossible deal is now done,” White said on an appearance with SportsCenter. The fight will air over pay per view by way of Showtime. Mayweather’s last huge match, a bout against Manny Pacquiao, earned him $250 million, and he hopes to get close to that number with this spectacle.
Murmurs of the fight began in July 2015, when McGregor said that he was ready to box with Mayweather if the opportunity ever arose. Speculation increased when he successfully applied for a boxing license in California in November, followed by applying for one in Nevada in May. McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing match, and this will be his debut in the sport after earning titles in two different divisions in the sport of mixed martial arts. Mayweather, meanwhile, comes in undefeated with 49 straight wins since his debut, 26 of those achieved by knockout. Mayweather has not fought since beating Andre Berto in September 2015, but the 40-year-old has stayed fit and is expected to be physically ready for the fight with McGregor. Because of the vast difference in boxing experience, Mayweather’s odds opened at -1100 and McGregor’s at +700, according to Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook. McGregor is known for being brash, and he addressed his long odds in an encounter with boxing media in March, saying, “I’m going to step in there and shock the whole goddamn world.”