Summer of hype: Mayweather, McGregor know how to sell a show

One of the most anticipated fights in years is really going to happen, as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have agreed to face off in Las Vegas on August 26, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday.

"The fight is on", wrote the Crumlin star.

The weight is one category up from Mayweather's last bout in September 2015, when he beat Andre Berto.

McGregor "The Notorious" now holds the UFC's lightweight title which he won by stopping Eddie Alvarez in the second round last November.

Floyd Mayweather himself took to Instagram on Wednesday (June 14) to make the announcement: a fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor in Las Vegas on the aforementioned date. And with the fight distributed via Showtime pay-per-view with Mayweather Promotions as the lead promoter, that answer is "probably around £78.4m each". He retired in 2015 with an unblemished record of 49-0, including wins over Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya.

Undefeated Mayweather, 40, is coming out of retirement for the clash after being constantly challenged and goaded by the brash 28-year-old from Ireland.

White said that the negotiation phase of the fight had been "smooth", which may come as a surprise to fans who have been waiting for months for the fight to be announced. I think it actually elevates Conor McGregor. Regardless, White says the SBG Ireland representative is extremely confident in his abilities. He is absolutely 100 per cent positive that he wins this fight and I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago.

It will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules.

Floyd Mayweather is confirmed. "And win, lose or draw, it'll be one of the reasons that people continue to love Conor McGregor".

"He will go after Floyd Mayweather and he will try to knock him out".

  • Julie Sanders